March 01, 2011
I wanted to simplify my classroom rules, as lists of rules should be short. I narrowed my rules down to one word: Respect. If you show respect for others, yourself, and property, all rules are covered. I spent the first few weeks of school reviewing what respect means. We also listened to the song ‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin. Then throughout the year, when I wanted to remind students of my expectations or let them know that they were stepping over a line, I simply said, "respect." It was very effective.