No Series: Setting Expectations on the First Day of School

Setting Expectations on the First Day of School

Lesson Objective: Students help make classroom rules on the first day of school
All Grades / All Subjects / Behavior


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What is Mr. Bell's purpose behind his greeting of students beyond being cordial or nice?
  2. See how the "noise-o-meter" helps establish expectations How does Mr. Bell involve students in making the classroom rules?


  • Private message to Kristina McClendon

Mr. Bell's management of his class is phenomenal. He engaged with the students and he also gave the students opportunities to engage in how they want the classroom structure to be set for the year. I call this setting the standards and accountability for their classroom experience.

The noise-o-meter is there for the students to have a visual aid to keep themselves and their classmates accountable of how loud they are communicating with each other. I also like the fact that Mr.Bell also presented his expectations for the class and that allowed the level of respect to be established.

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  • Private message to Lisa Batchelder
  1. Mr Bell is great. He asks the kids how they are doing to gage each childs emational state for the day. He does this by  asking how they are this morning. If they respond okay or great he knows they are in good shape however, if they respond, I am not ok. Mr. Bell knows to proceed differently with that child in a different way. The noise O"Meter works. Mr. Bell moves the soccor ball up and down the sale to let the kids know when they are getting too loud. I think letting the children help set the class room rules is a great way to not only help them feel included but gives them a better understanding of what the rules mean. I believe these techniques foster community in the class room. 
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  • Private message to Abbie Jones

1. Mr. Bell is establishing a respectful relationship between the student and the teacher. It creates a natural human connection that allows the students to feel more emotionally vulnerable in an educational setting. Because of this, Mr. Bell is better able to assess and trust the student when they tell him how they're actually feeling. 

2. He allows the studnets to both write and visual depict what their expectations should be. This is more beneficial to their perosonal expectations and how they treat other as opposed to being told how they should treat others and the classroom. These classroom rules will more than likely line up with their peers as well as Mr. Bell's, giving a sense of teamwork and unity.  

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  • Private message to Brandy Ramirez

1. He wants to have an idea of how to approach that student. If they have had a bad morning starting out at home he can kind of gage that by the child's responses, demeanor and tone. He wants to know what each of his students are feeling that day and he can respond appropriately.

2. He allows them to fill out what they would like to see in the classroom. He extends their answers by asking detailed questions in regards to what the child says they would like to see to get a clear understanding of how the children think, see the rules and how they feel.

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  • Private message to Jade-Renee Vizena

1. Mr. Bell's purpose behind the introductions are so he knows how to approach that student that day whether they are having a good day or not. 

2. The noise a meter allows students a visual aid to how loud or quiet they must be. He allows the students to write down things they like or dislike from the teacher and classmates and uses these to make new rules. Allowing the students to be involved in the rule making shows them that what they think and feel matters. 

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  • Summary

    Winner of the 2007 Teaching Award for primary teacher of the year (east midleands), Andy Bell shows behavior expert John


    Winner of the 2007 Teaching Award for primary teacher of the year (east midleands), Andy Bell shows behavior expert John Bayley how he handles his new Year 6 class on the first day of term, in this short video on classroom-management and pedagogy.
    Andy uses praise and rewards to encourage good behavior, with impressive results. He's clear about what he expects from his students, establishing respect and fairness from the start.
    By using a series of signals for attention and devising a football noise-o-meter system for monitoring sound levels, the pupils understand what's expected of them and what the rules are for listening.
    Andy then introduces fun activities to ease the class into learning and remind them of school routines.


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