Setting up solid expectations and classroom rules at the beginning of the year is a must! I want my students to feel safe, loved and accepted in my classroom. Part of that comes from knowing what is expected of them and how to act at school. Also, as most of my readers know, I strongly believe in weaving a Christian Worldview into all aspects of my teaching. There is no better place to look to get answers on how we should behave than the Bible!
On the first day of school I tell my students that there are 4 ways that we need to act in our classroom. I call them the 4 L’s. We discuss how the Bible is true and God’s word. That it leads our paths and gives us great examples on how to act like Christ. Then I go through and explain each of the “L’s”. We talk about each one and I encourage my students to turn to one another often and give examples of what that “L” would look like in our classroom.
- “Be Loving” God tells us that the most important thing is to love Him and loves others! “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31
- “Be a Listener” In school it is our job to listen to the teacher, to each other and to ourselves. “Listen to advice and follow instruction” Proverbs 19:20
- “Be A Learner” We learn many things at school. Part of learning is trying, making mistakes and trying again. “A wise man will hear and increase learning.” Proverbs 1:5
- “Be A Leader” Leaders lead in many different ways. God gave us all special gifts that help us lead in some way. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Once we have this first conversation my littles will start squirming on the rug and getting quite antsy. So I tell them that all week long I will be looking for students who are practicing the 4 “L’s”. Then I deliberately point out and praise any child I see making an effort those first few weeks of school!
I really love using these “L’s” with my kiddos and I find that most everything can fit into one of the four categories. I also like that this tells them ways to act positively and isn’t filled with a bunch of “don’t do this” and “no, no, no”. Guiding them down a positive path instead of pointing out all the negatives is a great way to start the year. I hope these “L’s” can help you in your classroom this year! If you would like to check out all of the “L” posters they are available here at my TeachersPayTeachers Store.