Developing Clear Rules and Expectations with Input from Children

Setting expectations for behavior within the learning space or classroom will support children in feeling safe and secure within their environment. By creating rules in clear, positive terms children gain an understanding of what is right, or positive behavior, rather than what is wrong, or disruptive behavior.

When children help establish rules and expectations, it gives them a sense of ownership and they are more likely to follow the rules, understand expectations, and feel safe and comfortable in their environment.

Please refer to the Maryland EXCELS Toolkit for TIPS on developing clear rules and expectations that encourage positive behavior and choices.