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…