Classroom Rules

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One classroom management idea that i’ve heard from a few people is to make a set of “classroom rules” with your students. The trick is to make up the rules together with your class. This not only gives them responsibility, but allows everyone to discuss these rules together to determine what is fair. When students are a direct part of the process, it allows for easier comprehension. Students won’t just be listening to you explain the expectations, they will be direct participants: brainstorming and discussing!

You could do this on a white board, but I think it would even be more effective by doing it on a big piece of chart paper, where you can then laminate it and display it in your classroom so you and your class can always see it.

Doing this as a class really builds a sense of community and reinforces the power of collaboration. Coming up with a set of class rules is something I may try with my class during my practicum; I think it would work, and that my students would respond well to it!

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4 thoughts on “Classroom Rules

  1. Loved the article! Can you imagine getting kids to dance into class if they were late, hilarious! This article speaks to all aspects of classroom management and not just secondary so it would be helpful for all Educators. Thanks for sharing

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    • Thanks Lindsy! I loved the article too. I agree that it does speak to all grade levels. I want to find an activity that is unique to my class during my time with them! I’d love to hear ideas if you have any!

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  2. I think creating a set of classroom rules by collaborating with your class is a great idea! By doing this at the beginning of the year, you are setting a positive tone with your class. You are showing your class that you value their opinions, and that you are willing to collaborate with them.

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    • Thanks for your response Katherine! I wish it was something I would’ve tried with the class when I first got there; I don’t know how well it would work implementing them this late into the year. I think it’s a fantastic way to positively build a sense of community and responsibility within your classroom!

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