Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Teaching Pre-K Classroom Expectations

This week I am sharing our center expectations and how we teach & review our classroom rules throughout the school day.  (If you missed last week's blog on our classroom rules, it's available here.)
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to attend a Randy Sprick training entitled "Classroom Management for the Beginning of the School Year".  His presentation was phenomenal!  He shared how schools typically have one set of rules that are executed differently depending on the teacher and setting.  He explained the importance of teaching the rules and how to apply them specifically to your classroom, setting, or activity.  For example, the rule ‘work quietly’ might look different during a third grade group assignment versus a 5th grade lecture.

Great point...and it got me thinking!  In our preschool classroom, the expectations and how to follow the rules look differently based on the center or activity.  For instance during block play, the students are expected to play and speak quietly with friends and teachers. Whereas when the students are in that same area of the classroom for group time, they are expected to sit quietly and listen.  How confusing this must be for students who struggle with picking up on social cues!

As a result, I developed these new classroom expectation posters.  They are pretty self-explanatory.  Each one corresponds to the area of the classroom where it is posted. They actually served as our lesson plan for the first two weeks of school.  As the children rotated between centers and activities, the instructors focused on teaching, modeling, and reteaching the expectations in each area.  What a great way to start off the year!! :)  

You can see a few of the posters below.  If you would like access to all of them go to my teachers pay teachers store or visit my Boardmaker Online page.    

Take note each poster has a colored border.  The border matches the center itself which I will share with you more specifically during our virtual classroom tour next week.  Until next time...teach, model, and reteach your classroom rules! The repetition will truly benefit your students and become the foundation for a very successful year!  Good Luck!


  1. I would like to have the posters but I can't find your email on here anywhere what is your email address?
    Thank you for all the great ideas on this blog!

  2. As always, great idea Lindy!!! I love it!!

  3. Hello!
    I am new to your site and love your creative ideas!!
    I would love a set of the posters too!
    Thank you.. Luvnkids@rochester.rr.com

  4. HI!
    I am new to your blog, but I am so glad that I found it. I am finishing up my first year of teaching a preschool Autism class. I am so grateful that you started this site beacuse it is so beneficial for me. I am slowly trying to add things that you are showing on your blogs. I wish I could pick your brain!

  5. Hi, are these posters still available through email? If so, could I get a copy? My email is Biancaelaine@ymail.com
    I'm a first year teaching in a three year classroom and this blog is so helpful.

  6. Hello. I love your ideas and suggestions, please keep them coming! I would like to request the pictures you have for the weather and the rules for the classroom via email . Thank you for sharing!!


  7. Crazy me forgot to include the email to request the visuals for the classroom rules and the weather helper. My email is taberandrea@gmail.com

    Thanks again.


  8. You have such great resources! Do you have these posters available to buy? not sure if I am able to see a response on here but my email is Hskoumal@yahoo.com

  9. Hi! If the posters are still available, I'd love to get them. My email is: mrsaeffinger@gmail.com.