Goals: To explore classroom rules and consequences at both the elementary and secondary level. To understand how certain rules affect students and the effectiveness of rules for classroom management.
The link provides the “rules about rules,” noting that classroom rules must be fair, easy to follow, and posted for students to see. Teachers should keep the rules general, so as to cover a variety of situations, but not so much that they mean nothing. The list should not be long and should be made with students in mind, or possibly with students so that they grasp the importance of the rules. Some rules recommended by the resource: come to class on time, begin with a warm up, attend to personal needs before class time, remain in your seats until you have permission to move, no food or drink in class without permission, bring materials to class every day, use polite speech and body language – be respectful, don’t cheat.
I found this resource to be very useful, especially in terms of meeting the learning goals for this week. It outlined what teachers need to know about making classroom rules, as many teachers rely on common sense for their classroom rules. The resource advises teachers to make their rules with their students in mind, and I take this one step further by advising teachers to make the rules with their students. When students are a part of the process, they have a higher understanding of their expectations and they are more likely to follow the rules since they made them. This also opens the floor to discussion and negotiations; students may express their feelings about certain expectations and give their perspectives on the usefulness and effectiveness. This resource is better than others that I looked at as it also gives additional resources for each rule so that teachers can further understand the expectations and help the students to understand them as well. The photo resources shown are also useful; displaying classroom rules shows that you expect students to follow them. They have no excuse to say that they forgot about a rule. The more dynamic you are in your display, and the more thorough you are with your rules, the higher the chances of students obeying them.