This post is part information, part reminder. I figured that since we’ve been talking so much about respect (or the lack thereof) in our classroom lately, I’d remind us of the Road Rules that govern the behavior expectations in our school.
At Robinson, we have many “universals” that everyone everywhere knows and uses. One of them is an attention-getting signal. If an adult needs the attention of the kiddos they are working with–remember, anyone, anywhere: teacher, teaching assistant, principal, custodian, etc–they say “May I have your attention please?” while they hold up their hand and count backwards from 4 to 0. Why 4 to 0, you ask? Because that coordinates with another universal–our voice levels.
Again, this is an “everyone, everywhere” kind of thing–these signs can be seen everywhere in our school from the cafeteria to classrooms and library to hallways. There are also signs around that designate which voice level should be used in each area. It really helps us all to be on the same page as far as expectations, and is really working. The hallway, for example, is a LEVEL 1 zone, and so the rule is “If you need to talk, you need to whisper.” This goes for everyone, even teachers. That’s really hard sometimes, for my kids and for me!
Then the overarching expectations for the whole school are called the Robinson Road Rules. There are four of them:
Having this framework as the foundation for how we do things at our school is so helpful to both teachers and students alike. It enables every adult in our school to support every learner because we’re all speaking the same language! Kids know the language and use it, and since it’s everywhere it’s predictable–there are no surprises or questions about what to do or how to do it. The rules are the rules and everyone knows them. 🙂
What expectations do you have at your school? Have you tried building-wide universals? As a parent, what do you hear your kids saying about the Robinson Road Rules?