In developing rules, I think that it is very important to make sure that the students understand why they have rules. I was always a student that wanted to know why something worked the way it did, or why we couldn’t tip backwards in our chairs, having that explanation usually made it more relevant to me and I was more likely to follow the rule.
I really liked the idea of letting the students develop their own classroom rules. I think that would allow them to feel that they have some control over their own learning environment. Having rules and expectations for the classroom are important because they give a sense of stability to the classroom atmosphere. That stability allows for the students to know what to expect and know that they can be safe in that expectation.
The basic idea of the rules I would want set up in my classroom are:
1. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
2. Follow instructions.
3. Respect- yourself, teachers, your classmates and anyone else you come in contact with.
4. Learning is fun, enjoy it!
This website that I found was interesting because it not only gave examples of how to make the rules of the classroom, but also how to deal and not deal with any breaking of these rules.