Kindergarten Teacher


Rug Rules

Many times I find things on Pinterest I love, but sometimes I find things I don’t agree with. One example is this poster on rug rules. I am not saying that using the poster is wrong, simply that it is not how I like to handle things in my room.

I don’t have any rug rules. I expect kids to listen and learn but don’t tell them exactly how that should happen. I won’t let kids prevent others from learning but I think most of the time the little things they do are just an annoyance to me, not a barrier to learning. This year I am trying extra hard to ignore behaviors that just annoy me and focus more on what I can do to better engage the class. I rarely have behavior issues when the lesson is fun and engaging. So instead of making the kids “behave” when things are boring, I am focusing on what I can control. I have stopped trying to control the kids, and am focusing on controlling the environment.

Here is a poster I might use…

4 Responses to Rug Rules

  1. LM says:

    I agree with you somewhat. I do agree that we need to ignore much of the behavior that is normal child behavior during a lesson and not make a huge big deal out of it. I also agree that with engaging, interesting lessons, the behavior is better. However, I also believe that we live in a society that does require rules and that we need to tell children what we expect of them. Many can hold to it and display better behavior when they know what we expect. We can write the rules respectfully and WITH the children so that it comes from them. This way they hold it to a higher ideal. (“Writing the Rules”- responsive classroom). By using the responsive classroom approach everyone wins!

    • Matt Gomez says:

      You bring up a good point. I have a lot of expectations in my class. We only have one rule (be brave) but that does not mean kicking is allowed. In my experience kids do understand this. We use the word expectation a lot, but when you make it a rule I think it becomes a challenge. We talk about how to be a good audience and listen to a speaker almost daily. That is part of learning and we all should have those expectations. It all comes down to building relationships and knowing each child. My main reason for this post was to point out that sitting still is not a requirement for learning. Thanks for the comment!

  2. So, you know what’s funny? I saw this same poster on Pinterest in the fall and had a similar reaction ( Thanks for the reminder that children learn in different ways and just because something they are doing might get on our nerves, it doesn’t mean they are not engaged. I see this with the toddler set a lot-during a story it is rare to see even one of them sitting on the rug, instead they are bouncing and walking around and trying to get AsCloseTo the book as possible, but the moment you start a familiar song or chorus or get real suspenseful, you can believe those toddlers are listening and will join in. Even if none of them are sitting still. :)

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