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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. Videos in this segment include:

  • Introduction to establishing classroom rules (0:30)
  • Objective 1: Why children should be involved in setting rules (0:32)
  • Objective 2: Creating rules with children during a class meeting (10:34)
  • Objective 3: Using child-created rules throughout the year (3:52)


Intro: Establishing Classroom Rules


Objective 1: Involving children in setting rules


Objective 2: Creating rules with children during a class meeting.


Objective 3: Using child-created rules throughout the year.

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  • After viewing the videos, answer the following questions:

    1. 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?
    2. 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?

    Try out these concepts in your classroom by using these Ideas into Practice.

  • Author: Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith
    Production Consultant: Dr. Denise Matthews
    Video Production: RISE Learning Solutions, Jefrerey Arias, Denise Matthews
    Production Coordinator:
    Julia DeLapp
    Student production assistant:
    Kerin Jaros-Dressler
    Photographer: Jared Ramsdell