Tips for Maintaining Classroom Rules
Collaborate with students when maintaining classroom rules.
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today I'll share some tips on maintaining classroom rules.Before your start, establish which rules are important. Too many rules can be confusing to students and difficult to focus on. And make sure you set out your rules at the beginning of the class year, and make expectations clear.Get student buy-in. Collaborate with your students on the rules, asking them for suggestions, corrections, or possibly new rules of the list that you start with at the top of every school year. And get creative. Ask you students to make artistic representations of the rules. You can choose your favorite, or have the class vote on their favorite one, and put it on the front door of their classroom, so they see it on the front door every day they walk in. You want to make your students citizens of the classroom.Provide activities that encourage following of the rules. For example, a quiz that starts right at the bell, or a warmup assignment that's only on the chalkboard for the first five minutes of class. This can help enforce your tardiness policy.Create rules that reinforce the order in your classroom, such as no food or drink, or raising your hand to ask a question.Call attention to positive applications of the rules. For example, you might say, "thank you Mark, for raising your hand," and don't focus on the negative. If there's a student that's constantly disobeying the rules, you might want to take them into the hall and speak to them after class.You can also build parents into the class. Send your students home with a list of the classroom rules. And make sure that parents are aware of what's expected of their child when they come to school each day.Be consistent. Always enforce the rules and don't let things slide. This will help retain a level of respect in your classroom. Don't single people out. You want to be fair when applying these rules consistently.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.