Setting Classroom Rules

Every classroom has a set of rules. This can range from one "golden" rule to 12 specific rules of how to conduct oneself while in that class. Many teachers have found that a smaller number of concise, "blanket" rules are more effective than a long list of rules. Another helpful hint: some find it helpful to allow students to establish the classroom rules. By doing so, you are accomplishing several things: -giving students a sense of control -students tend to understand the rules better -students are more committed to the rules -students recognize consequences and understand why they have them -the rules aren't viewed as negatively There are a series of steps that you can follow to guide this process. 1)Discuss the concept of rules with students-Why are rules necessary? What rules exist around us? What rules do they like/dislike? What happens when rules are broken? 2)Explain that you will be working together to establish some classroom rules-These rules are to ensure that everyone in the class is treated kindly and given equal opportunity to succeed and be happy. 3)Give students time to brainstorm independently and jot down their ideas. 4) have students pair up or get in small groups-Compare rules and combine lists 5)As a whole class-Go over what was developed and (in a teacher-led discussion) create a draft of classroom rules. 6) Refine this list using your own judgement and preferences -with- the students. 7) Go on to discuss consequences of good/bad behavior in relation to your rules.

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