Back to School Newsletter Template: Classroom Rules Poster

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
Classroom Rules Poster newsletter template.

If you’re thinking about back to school, you’re probably thinking about classroom management.

An eye-catching classroom rules poster (by way of a school newsletter) is one way to start. As a principal, I had a few catchphrases I used particularly often, with both parents and faculty. One of them was, “Children understand limits as love.”

In other words, when there are no rules, kids don’t feel safe.

When I think about classroom rules, I think more community bonds than list of restrictions.

Lists of restrictions are like a challenge to kids: I see your list, and I raise you one! Whereas, community bonds promote the behaviors that strengthen us as a group of learners and friends. This template offers an initial set of classroom guidelines that cover the basics of how we want students to manage themselves and their work, and how they treat others.

It’s followed by resources to help teachers develop their approach in more detail.

Here’s what you’ll find:

  1. A clickable poster with a set of teacher guidelines.
  2. Lesson plans that you can use in the opening weeks of school aimed at developing classroom rules.
  3. An intro to Restorative Justice Circles, a guaranteed approach to building strong community bonds and aiding immensely with how to handle discipline.
  4. Lastly, a helpful guide as you consider all of this.

Students are returning to school. Let’s give them the tools they need  to be good friends, learners, and citizens.

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Dr. Kara Stern

Dr. Kara Stern began her career as an ELA teacher, then shifted into administration as a middle school principal. Dr. Stern is a fervent advocate for equitable communication and family engagement. She spent five years as Executive Director at Math for America, where she designed the professional learning community that exists to this day. An unexpected move to Tel Aviv launched her into the world of EdTech where she became the Director of Education Content for Smore and then the Head of Education Solutions at SchoolStatus. Outside of work, she indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.

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