December 21, 2006

On Rules

"Rules were invented by elders, so they could go to bed early!" - Gene Edwards from A Tale of Three Kings.

At our preschool, we have three basic rules:
  • Be safe.
  • Be kind.
  • Have fun.
Of course these lead to many other sub-rules, like "Walk when you are carrying scissors," but if any rule I make doesn't fit under the one of the big three, then I need to ask myself if I'm not being a lazy teacher, leaving control of the children to an ever-growing list of rules rather than personal mentoring and the impartation of wisdom.

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