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In this classroom…

on 14 August, 2012

Over on Pinterest (feel free to follow me there, just click that little red button up at the top of the page!), I’ve seen a lot of beautiful plaques and wall hangings titled “In this family” or “In this house,” You know the ones I mean, like this. Those plaques, combined with some recent twitter conversations, have made me think a lot about what is true for my classroom. What do we DO in there? What do we NOT do?…

This list isn’t as pretty as the ones you find on Pinterest. In fact, if anyone out there wanted to make it pretty and colourful and print-worthy, so I could hang it on my door, I would be more than willing to share it with the world. (Seriously. Hit me in the comments if this is a skill you have at all…). But here it is. THIS is what we DO, in my room.

In this classroom:.

  • We do hugs.

  • We do apologies.

  • We do silly.

  • We do laughter.

  • We do fair, which is not the same as equal.

  • We do “try again.”

  • We do fresh starts.

  • We do second chances.

  • We do recognition and acknowledgment,

  • but we don’t do rewards.

  • We do consequences

  • but not punishment.

  • We do art more than crafts.

  • We do different and unique and individual,

  • so we don’t do worksheets.

  • We do good questions more than right answers.

  • We do glitter.

  • We do recess.

  • We do singing.

  • We do voices when we read books.

  • We do messes.

  • We do cleanup.

  • We do together.

  • We do kindness.

  • We do independence.

  • We do cooperation.

  • We do asking for help.

  • We do self-regulation,

  • so we don’t do behaviour charts.

  • We do hand-holding.

  • We do deep breathing.

  • We do safe.

  • We do brave.

  • We. Do. Love.

14 Responses to “In this classroom…”

  1. Sarah says:

    This is beautiful…I am happy that “we do” most of those things in our classroom too!

  2. Michelle says:

    This sounds like my room!! Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Tami says:

    I just read your blog about why you don’t do behavior charts and it really made a lot of sense. I’m very curious to know what kind of behavior modification you do use if any. Thanks!

    • Miss Night says:

      I’m so glad that post rang true for you. While I am reluctant to use the expression “behaviour modification” to describe how I manage my classroom, I am working on a post that shares some of the tools that do work for me. Thanks so much for reading – please come back soon!

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  7. Danielle says:

    Hi Amy,
    I went ahead & made this beautiful list all pretty for you. Send me an email & I will forward the PNG files to you!

  8. Kelly says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to get to school tomorrow and create a display similar to this with my students. Thank you for inspiring me!

  9. Erin says:

    Hooray! I love it Amy. 🙂

  10. Kristin says:

    Love it…..and it’s exactly what I strive to do but I would probably add we do glue!

  11. Your classroom sounds like an awesome place to be!

  12. Lovely statements! Very positive and caring! Love the idea.

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