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How do rules reflect back on society?

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Who among us wouldn’t love to indulge in a bout of pure idiocy that does no harm apart from tickling us into letting go of our inhibitions? Protocols and rules have evolved for one reason alone then, to keep our inner idiot in check. I was thinking about this post in relation to another aspect of school life, bullying. When we think of student engagement, we fail to incorporate inter-personal relationship skills and attitude to the mix. Bullying is pervasively commonplace and in essence, an act of childishness: bullies pester other people, try to gain everyone’s attention, harm someone without thinking about the consequences, and indulge in physical and verbal violence with people they are closest to (much like kids do). Surprisingly, I don’t see a single person ‘laugh off’ a bully for their idiotic acts. I don’t see anyone censuring a bully to ‘grow up’. Engaging with students by setting rules is important, but teaching them how to engage with peers is even more significant for their adult relationships. Thank you for this post.

Middle School Integrated Curriculum-Aspiring Leader-Lifelong Learner

What do consistent schoolwide expectations say about your school

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Thank you Lori for helping educators develop positive reflective practices. Schools like society develop rules to maintain a safe and civil learning environment. My school is an urban middle school. We are 82 free and reduced, 33% Hispanic , 33% black, and 33% white. We are in the deep south, citrus country.
The four school wide expectation/rules are Prepare to Learn, Act responsibly, Work cooperatively, and Show respect. My first day of class with my Harry Wong Book emphasized in order to capture and create a learning environment students should collaborate collectively to make class rules. They should be positively stated with a clear plan for when the expectations are not followed.
Consistent conversations addressing expectations and the rewards associated with doing the right thing. School demographics are relative to understanding how "rules" are taught. Yes, creating a classroom of trust and respect go far with all. Keep it positive, and consistent. Have a plan that your students understand.

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