Evening all! 🙂
The first four rules that come to my mind when I think about what I want established early in my classroom are pretty basic, simple and arguably obvious, but important no less. I want my students to know I have a zero tolerance policy with cheating. It’s important for me to have them know that I will know if they cheat, and that regardless of the excuses they can come up with, cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. In addition, a simple rule about respect will be established, as well. I want my classroom to be full of respect at all levels. Students will respect themselves, their peers and their teacher at all times. I’m a firm believer that a lack of respect at any of those tiers can result in a less effective learning environment. Another rule my students will be well aware of is that speaking out of turn, while anyone else is talking, or without raising your hand is not accepted. Of course, there are times when I’ll announce that I want answers openly discussed and shouted out, but unless explicitly stated, students will know to raise their hands and wait to be called on. The last rule that comes to mind when I think about my own classroom is that students need to have their assignments turned in on time. There are exceptions, of course, but very few that I think are justifiable for students missing work or not turning something in. If a student handles themselves like an adult and with respect (to both me and themselves), things can be worked out, but for the most part, students will understand that late work won’t be accepted.
Oh, and check it out! –> https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/30-classroom-procedures-head-behavior-problems
I was super stoked when I stumbled upon this article simply because of the way its laid out. The piece is about classroom procedures that put a damper on behavior issues, but it’s not just a list of ideas; it’s a list based on situations. For example, a few of the 30 items listed include: “Leaving the room,’ “Beginning the day,’ and “Ending the day.’ I really like that the article is organized this way, and I got some neat ideas, as well. There’s nothing earth-shattering in this text, but it was an easy read (again, because of how it’s laid out), and I finished with several things jotted down.
(And, PS, I’m really bad at coming up with titles for things, so don’t judge my ever-so witty title of this. :))