Present your Classroom Rules

The first week of school typically involves going over classroom rules and procedures.  However, making these rules “stick” is a year-long challenge.  The SlideShare PowerPoint below, created by an art teacher from Michigan, outlines her art classroom expectations and management solutions.  This presentation could be useful to play periodically throughout the school year, during quiet work times, or even as students enter the room and get settled.  Download for your classroom or use as inspiration for your own expectation presentation appropriate for your students’ grade levels. Click the green play button at the bottom of the screen to watch the presentation and hear the audio track.

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!


  • September 7, 2009


    After reading the book “Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire” by Rafe Esquith, I slimmed down my rules to just two. 1. Be nice (to the teacher, classmates, art, supplies, etc…) and 2. Word hard (at listening, sitting still, drawing, painting, cleaning, etc…). It seems like by making the rules short and simple, all my K-6 students can be successful.

  • September 20, 2009

    Elizabeth Burns

    I have one classroom rule “Treat people and property with respect” and spent the first day with each class discussing what that means. I have a number of other art room procedures, which we also discussed the first day and practice regularly(quiet sign, how to ask for help, policies for getting supplies, teacher things/student things, etc). I have them come in each class and quietly draw what’s on their table (paintbrush, roll of masking tape, water cup, etc). This is to warm them up and practice their skills of observation, increasing their ability and confidence in drawing at the same time.

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