Student Responsibilities, Rules, and Consequences
Often, I receive questions from parents regarding student responsibilities, classroom rules, and consequences in our classroom when rules are broken.  Below is a brief description of my expectations and the procedures for discipline in our classroom.  As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Student Responsibilities
All first graders have the same expectations regarding responsibilities in the school and classroom.  As the year progresses, more independence is expected of the students.  Please practice these at home as well.

•Unpack your own backpack in the morning.
•Put your homework and other materials where they belong.
•Remember to order lunch (if needed).
•Begin the day's Wake Up Work.
•Put on your own outerwear, dealing with zippers, buttons and snaps.
•Tie your own shoes.
•Work quietly.
•Ask for help when you need it.
•Clean up after yourself.
•Collect your work and notices and pack your own backpack at the end of the day.

Early in the year frequent reminders, prompts, and lots of help are provided.  As the year unfolds and the children show me that they are ready, I practice a "gradual release of responsibility" from reminding, prompting, and helping with these tasks.

Classroom Rules
Our rules are posted on the classroom wall.  We review the rules frequently during the first few weeks of school and as often as needed throughout the year.  Our rules are:

•We treat others with respect.  This rule is practiced and discussed a lot!  This means we use kind words and actions, keep hands, feet, and objects to ourselves, and we don't tease.
•We listen.
•We raise our hands.
•We work quietly.
•We share.
•We always do our best.

Consequences for Breaking Classroom Rules
I am a firm believer that logical consequences, when applied fairly and consistently, are essential to a child's growth and development.  When a rule is broken, I always remind the student of the correct behavior and what the expectation is.  Often, that is all most children need to get back on track.  However, when a child repeatedly breaks a rule, other consequences may include:

•Losing a point on Class Dojo.  Students can earn points for good behavior.  More info on Class Dojo will be discussed at Open House.
•Losing recess time to discuss the rule with me, to reflect on his/her behavior, and to practice the rule. 
•Apologizing/writing a note of apology (depending on the rule that was broken).

If a child continues to break a rule even after the consequences above are imposed, more serious consequences will be imposed.  These include:

•Going to see Mrs. Gagliardi to discuss the situation.  If this happens, you will receive a note or email from me letting you know this happened.
•Calling a parent to discuss the behavior and how it will be handled in school and followed up on at home.