Give careful thought to establishing
expectations/rules, consequences and procedures. Some teachers find it desirable
to have the students participate in the making of classroom rules. This gives
students a sense of ownership. Make sure your rules are consistent with school
Tips for Rules
- Limit yourself to 3-6 rules.
- State rules in positive terms whenever possible.
- Keep rules short, precise and succinct to focus on specific
- Post expectations/rules and send copies home.
- Teach the expectations/rules; possibly use role-play and/or
- Enforce expectations/rules in a way that preserves student
- Let students make their own rules to show ownership of the
- Students will start on bell work when entering the
- Students will remain quiet when teacher or others are
- Students will bring all needed materials to class.
- Students will raise their hands for permission to speak.
Tips for Consequences
- Be clear and specific.
- Have a range of alternatives.
- Don't make consequences a punishment.
- Relate consequences to the rule.
- Make consequences natural or logical.
- Follow through and be consistent.
Suggested Consequences for Above Sample Rules
- Student needs to finish bell work before proceeding with
coursework for the day.
- Student will describe the appropriate behavior.
- Student will not receive rewards, as do students who come
to class prepared.
- Teacher will not respond to student who has not raised