Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Create clearly defined class rules, part of Teaching Techniques: Classroom Management.
In addition to clearly defining classroom procedures, having classroom rules written out and clearly posted. Can help students understand your expectations and what will happen if they don't meet those expectations. Here are a few key things to writing some classroom rules. First, keep it simple. I recommend limiting yourself to no more than ten class rules. These rules should cover how students communicate with each other and you. Your expectations for work time, and that students are expected to follow procedures 100% of the time. Second, make sure the rules are visible to students.
Having the rules posted and referring to them when students misbehave, can help build accountability in your classroom. Class, you have exactly two minutes and 30 seconds left to get your key ideas written down before we move on to the next section. Two minutes and 30 seconds left. Tia, what are you doing right now? Eating? >> What's our classroom rule about food? >> No food in the lab. >> So what do you need to do to fix this? >> Put it away. >> Let's do that please. And finally, if you find students are having a hard time adapting to your classroom rules, you can always have them help write them.
And then, if students don't follow the rules, you can always point out that they had a hand in their creation. Now that we are in our group discussion positions, we're going to go ahead and talk about some classroom rules. This is an opportunity for us to decide as a class. How should we learn together? How should we move through things that you guys can be effective students. And get the most from what we're going to be teaching here today. So on the board I've got a class rules poster. And we want to think, and we're going to have some class discussion, about what. What do you need to be successful? What do you need your classmates to do, and what do you need to do? Okay.
When we come to an agreement on an idea, I'm going to add it to our class rules board. And then I'm going to hold you guys accountable to these rules as we move throughout this year. So who's got an idea? What's something that we need to do as a class to be successful? Angel. >> Pay attention. >> Okay, we need to pay attention. What does that, what does pay attention mean? >> Listening to the teacher. >> We need to listen. Okay. So should we, can we get a, kind of a thumbs up from everyone. Is that something, pay attention, should that go in our classroom rules? Thumbs up from everyone. Kay. 80% of the class do you, agree, disagree.
Can I get a thumbs up? Okay, we're waiting for 100%, 100%, okay 100%. So pay attention. What else do we need to do as a class? Yes, go ahead. As you create and refer to your classroom rules, it's important to communicate to students that these are there to help them be successful. And are not to be followed just because. Rather, students can learn to view these as a roadmap for their achievement.
- Developing your voice and confidence
- Being consistently proactive
- Setting up procedures and routines
- Timing everything
- Intervening and redirecting
- Making student learning the center of it all