• The Essential 55
     Several years ago, I read a book by Ron Clark. The book is titled The Essential 55. You may have seen his made for TV movie on TNT. He is a truly amazing and gifted teacher…full of energy and wonderful ideas for students.  In the book, it lists Ron Clark’s 55 rules that he came up with to help motivate and teach students. To make a long story short, a very good friend of mine, came up with her own Essential 55 to use with her Jr. High kids. When I saw first hand how well it worked, I knew that one day I would use these "Best Practices" with my own students. I essentially knew it would be a good idea to use some of Ron Clark's rules and teach them to my students. Although, Ron Clark works more with older children, many of his rules are relevant for third graders. You have seen my Top Ten Never Rules that I incorporated from The Essential 55 that we gave out in the beginning of year Welcome packet. These as well as others listed below are what I use with students each year. Some of the Essential 55 Rules below relate to school and others are just teaching good practices for life! Please encourage your children to follow the rules at home as well as at school. Many of these rules go hand in hand with being good Bucket Fillers too! We will review two rules each week.  Listed below are many of the rules we will be covering throughout the year.

    The proper way to respond to adults

    Making eye contact

    Congratulating a classmate

    Respecting other student’s comments and ideas

    If you win, do not brag, if you lose, do not show anger

    Use your elbow to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and say excuse me

    Do not show disrespect with gestures

    Always say thank you when given something

    When you receive something, do not insult the gift or the giver

    Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness

    Follow along when we read together

    Answer all written questions with a complete answer sentence

    Do not ask for a reward

    You must complete your homework everyday

    Transitions will be quick, quiet, and orderly

    Be as organized as possible

    When homework is given, do not moan or complain

    When a substitute teacher is present, all class rules still apply

    Follow all classroom rules and procedures

    Keep yourself and the bathrooms clean and germ free

    Do not stare at a student who is being reprimanded

    After eating in the cafeteria or anywhere else, be responsible for your own trash

    On a bus, always face forward and talk in quiet tones

    When offered food, only take your fair share

    If someone drops something and you are close, pick it up

    Hold the door for people rather than letting it close on them

    On a field trip, enter a building quietly

    During a school assembly, do not speak or call out to friends

    When walking in line, keep arms at your side and move quietly

    Never cut in line

    If anyone is bullying you, let me know

    Stand up for what you believe in

    Be positive

    Learn from your mistakes and move on

    No matter what, always be honest

    Be the best person you can be

            As you can see, I did not include all 55 rules. The ones I did pick might be some that you have already taught your child. Some of them probably seem like common sense, but if they are not  taught, how can we expect children to know them?  In addition to giving your child the best education I can, my goal is to instill in him/her respect , caring for others, manners and a sense of responsibility for themselves and others around them. Together, we can make this a truly amazing year for your child.   

    :) Ms. Bernal