Helpful Classroom Rules
Which rule is a popular classroom rule?
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today I'm sharing a list of helpful classroom rules.Before you start, establish which rules are important. Too many rules can be confusing to students and make it hard to focus on. And start your rules right from the beginning of the school year. You need to set expectations from the start that students need to meet day by day, month by month and throughout the entire school year. Make expectations clear.You can set a tardiness rule and set specific criteria. What does it mean to be tardy to your class? Do they need to be in their seats when the bell rings, or just inside the classroom door? Another classroom rule might be that students must raise their hand when asking a question. This helps maintain order in the classroom and helps attain respect from other students. Students should know that they're not allowed to interrupt when another student has raised their hand to ask a question.A popular classroom rule is no cheating. Students need to know that honesty is important, and that they know what the consequences are if they're caught cheating. Perhaps it's a referral to the principal's office, and perhaps it's at least a suspension.Be prepared every day. This means that each student is responsible for their success in the classroom by being prepared with the textbook, notebook, or supplies such as pen, pencil, protractor, or ruler.Hand in assignments on time. Students are expected to complete all their homework or after-school learning on a timely basis.Lay out the consequences. Let students know exactly what will happen when they disobey your classroom rules. And keep those rules prominently displayed. They can be in front of the blackboard that you stand in front of every day.Get student buy-in. You should collaborate with the students on the rules, have them suggest new ones, or have them give their input to the basic list you start with every school year. And ask them to do a creative representation of those rules. You can put your best one on the front door of the classroom so that students see it every day.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.