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Guiding Young Children's Behavior

Segment 4: Establishing Classroom Rules


This segment discusses the importance of establishing classroom rules in order to help guide children's behavior. The segment includes steps for involving children in creating classroom rules and for regularly reviewing rules throughout the year.


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Questions to Answer After Viewing Videos

  • Think about suggestions that children might have for class rules, such as "Don't hit;" "No pinching anybody;" and "No hurting people." How might you combine these ideas into a broader rule? What other suggestions do you anticipate from children, and how might you combine these into broader rules?

  • What would you need to create a class rules list? Do you need any supplies? Is there someone you would like to collaborate with? Are there any skills you want to practice in advance? What might your timeline be for accomplishing each task that is part of creating a class rules list?


Additional Resources on Establishing Classroom Rules

  • Castle, K., Rogers, K. (1993). Rule-creating in a constructivist classroom community. Childhood Education, 70(2), 77- 81.
  • Vance, E., & Jimenez Weaver, P. (2002). Class meetings: Young children solving problems together. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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