We will choose these together the first few days of school. I feel that it is important that student's are involved in this process so that they understand that they are responsible for and in control of their own behaviors.
Here are the rules that our class came up with for this year:
The discipline system in our classroom centers around an apple tree. Each child has an apple on the tree with their name on it. Each time they misbehave or do not follow directions, they will receive a 'worm hole' in their apple. The children quickly come to understand that they do not want to receive any worm holes in their apples. Once a worm hole is received, the child's apple will be taken down from the apple tree and placed in an area where I will continue to keep track of worm holes. This way, the other children in the class will not know how many their classmates have. Students will have the opportunity to earn back their apples with good behavior.
To encourage children to behave, there will be a perfect apple award each month. All of the children with perfect apples at the end of each week will get to place their name on an apple and put it in a basket for the monthly drawing. In the beginning of the year, children with one worm hole will also be permitted to enter the drawing. I want the children to learn that no one is expected to be perfect. However, everyone is expected to follow all of the classroom rules and be on their best behavior. As the year progresses, only children with perfect apples will be placed in the drawing.
The more times that a student gets a perfect apple for the week, the more chances they will have to win 'perfect apple of the month.' There will be two winners drawn each month for the perfect apple award.
I have also set up what I call a 'golden behavior' pot. When I catch a student doing something good or following directions, I will randomly give them a 'gold coin' from the pot. These gold coins must remain in school and can be cashed in by the student during free time for a sticker of their choice.
Students who receive 5 worm holes will loose recess. They will also be on 'probation' from their weekly job.
If further action is needed, I will contact the parent.
It is only after trying everything else and speaking with you that, if the misbehavior continued to occur, I would feel the need to contact the principal.