and Enforcing Classroom Rules Kathy
There is a significant
difference between rules and procedures. You
should have between three and six overriding
classroom rules. For example:
You will have
many procedures for your classroom. Procedures
provide students and teachers with a framework
for handling basic classroom routines such as
sharpening pencils, turning in homework, etc.
decide the rules for your classroom or you include
your students in creating the rules, the following
suggestions might be helpful:
about your rules and the rationale behind them.
rules early and often in a positive way.
rules and procedures during the first three
weeks of school to ensure a comfortable, safe
learning environment for the rest of the year.
and fair in enforcing the rules.
to restudy rules and procedures if they don't
Posting your classroom
rules in an obvious place is helpful to everyone, including
substitute teachers. You will be surprised by the power
that a few basic classroom rules can have:
observer was in my classroom recently and remarked
on how polite the students seemed to be to
me and to each other. "Of course," I
responded with a smile. "They have to
be polite because that is one of our classroom
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