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Posted on September 14, 2012 9:46 pm
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Zafer Unal
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Classroom Rules and Procedures
Classroom Rules
Rules are the set of expectations / standards that specify the desired and prohibited behaviors / actions. There are two different rules students are expected to follow: School rules and classroom rules. School rules are formal rules expressed in a code of conduct and usually written on school handbook. They also have serious consequences such as "Bringing knives, weapons or other dangerous objects to school will result ten day suspension and referral to police." On the other hand, classroom rules are the set of expectations / standards in classroom set by teacher with student input/agreement. Classroom rules are provided during the first day/week and written on classroom rules poster and usually have less serious consequences.

10 Most Important Things to Consider When Establishing Classroom Rules

1. Do not wait until the first day of school to establish your classroom rules with your students: Some literature suggest that teachers set the classroom rules with students during the first day of school. Many teachers take this advice in a wrong way and wait for students to start developing classroom rules. Considering that new teachers must focus on establishing their authority in the classroom, they often find it most effective to develop the rules and consequences themselves in order to communicate to their students’ firm guidelines for behavior from the beginning. Otherwise, students may perceive that the new teacher in front of them wants to be their friend – or does not know how to take leadership of the classroom. It would be a precarious start to the year to say, "so, guys, what should the rules be?" and get "no homework!" as an answer.

Students especially low grades usually better respond to established structure and boundaries for behavior from the moment they enter a classroom. Having clearly specified rules helps students know what they are to do. Waiting to involve them leaves many opportunities for students to engage in unacceptable behaviors as they wait for rule development. Also establishing rules with student input may make things difficult especially when considering diverse students or students that are shy or lack of capacity and social awareness. These students usually are not comfortable to participate cooperatively in rule creation especially during the first days, thus limiting their contributions and possibly building a non-democratic rule development process. Therefore, the advice is that teachers should create the rules without student input before students arrive in classroom. However, development of these rules should be incorporated from previous experiences with student specific knowledge garnered from teachers from earlier grades. Finally, during the first days, the rules must be discussed with students and seek for agreement.

2. Classroom rules should represent a teacher's areas for improvement in classroom management: The purpose of establishing classroom rules is to reduce and eliminate problem behaviors that occur on a daily basis. Therefore, the list should only include those most common problem behaviors. In other words, when reading a classroom rule poster, one should be able to basically say "these are the most common behavior problems this teacher is trying to eliminate".

3. Classroom rules should not be too general: This is a very common mistake teachers make when they setup their rules. For example: The rules "Be Responsible" , "Behave Appropriately ", "Be Ready to Learn", "Be Polite" and "Be Kind to Others" are too general. "Be Responsible" can mean 20 different things such as "come to class on time", "do not cheat", "bring your materials to the class" and students will be confused what breaks this rule and they might be breaking the rule without even realizing it. Effectively enforcing a rule like this is almost impossible for experienced teachers who have a strong handle on classroom discipline, let alone a new teacher who just started teaching. Therefore, each rule should present a statement addressing to a specific behavior rather a general statement covering many things at a time. Another example of mostly used classroom rule is "Do your best". Again, although it sounds nice and positive, it does not focus on a specific expectation because "doing your best" can mean "study before class", "do your homework", "score high on exams" etc.

4. Classroom rules must be short, clear, and simple: The idea of establishing good classroom rules is that your students must clearly understand your rules in order to follow them. Vocabulary should be consistent with students' grade and/or ability level. Teachers should avoid rules that are vague even you intent to discuss the rule extensively with students later. Your students should easily be able to remember and repeat them to you when needed. Therefore, make sure that each rule is short, clear and simple. For example the rule "Every student will demonstrate habits of a responsible learner including but not limited to: no gum, food, or drink in class, bring your homework, book, notebook, and pen to class, be on time, no profanity, no leaving the room without permission." This rule is not short, not clear and not simple to follow. In fact, there are more than five actual classroom rules that can be extracted from this rule.

5. Keep the number of classroom rules to minimum: Each classroom rule appears more important when there are fewer of them. Fewer rules are also easier for students to remember and for teachers to enforce. In addition, having just a few rules avoids the sense that you are trying to control a student's every movement. Remember, too many rules overwhelm young children. The suggested number for the classroom rules usually is 3 to 5. Remember, you can always update the list anytime.

6. Don't confuse rules with procedures. Each student is expected to follow a certain procedure during daily classroom activities. They are expected to learn that you have certain procedures (specific directions), from how to enter/exit the classroom, use pencil sharpener, use restroom to line up for lunch. Therefore, teachers should avoid the need to reduce all of these to procedures to classroom rules. So "Place your books away in the right place" is really not a classroom rule but a procedure.

7. Classroom rules should be updated throughout academic year: A teacher should update the classroom rules when needed. For example: once students stop a problem behavior listed on classroom rules, there is no need to keep it there. Teacher should remove the rule from the list, maybe adding a new one based on newly observed misbehavior. Students should be informed regarding each update made on the classroom rules.

8. Classroom rules should have effective consequences: Consequences for breaking each rule should be determined when establishing classroom rules. Each consequence should be respectful of the student, relevant to the mistake, and reasonable for the teacher to implement and the student to carry out. Sometimes, different consequences apply to each rule while one consequence can apply to multiple. They should be explained in advance and agreed to by the students. Also, consequences should be gradual moving from less severe to more severe as misbehavior is repeated. Teachers need consider the fact that some rules will be broken multiple times by the same students therefore the consequence should get more serious as misbehavior is repeated by the same student. For example,
when you choose not to follow each of my classroom rules, the followings will happen:
• 1st time: A warning: Warnings may be verbal, non-verbal, or written
• 2nd time: Set aside from class: Move student to another seat OR Revoke privileges: Loss of recess time, classroom jobs, and computer privileges
• 3rd time: Write to home: Student fills out a form reflecting on his misbehavior and parent is required to read over and sign the reflection form. OR Send student to another room: Student is sent to a nearby class where student works independently on an assignment to have a chance to calm down and regroup.
• 4th time: Phone call home OR Conference with parents
• 5th time: Lunch detention (check school policy) OR After-school detention (check school policy)
• 6th time: Conference with counselors, and/or administration
When classroom rules are broken, it is important that teachers should avoid using threats, intimidation, including yelling humiliation, sarcasm or grades as consequences.

9. Teach your rules and consequences; do not just show the poster: Once you have generated a short list of clear, simple rules and gradual, logical, meaningful consequences that fit the criteria, you will need to explicitly teach your students. Teachers should avoid the assumption that rules and consequences are discussed once, put on poster board, and left alone. They should make the rules part of their teaching rather than just decorations. In fact, you must teach your rules and consequences like any other curriculum content. This does not mean simply reading them from a handout, but rather providing rationales, soliciting input, having students identify examples and non-examples throughout the academic year. Some teachers believe that spending a lot of time on teaching classroom rules is a time taken from instruction. However, when they asked to calculate on how far behind they could fall if they took too much time completing simple tasks, they get the idea. For example: if it takes the class three and a half minutes to find their reading journals and a pencil instead of one minute (or less), by the end of the year, they will have lost a day and a half looking for pencils. This is why teachers reserve large amount of time for establishing and teaching classroom rules. An example of schedule for teaching classroom rules as follows.
• First Day: Provide rules and consequences, discuss with students (teach them), seek input.
• First week, start each day by randomly selecting students to read a posted rule and explain what will happen if the rule is followed, or not followed
• Beginning of each month: Remind rules and consequences
• When rules are updated: Provide rules and consequences, discuss with students (teach them), seek input.

10. Consequences must be reinforced and recorded. Now that you have the rules and consequences written and taught to your students, it is time to think about how to enforce it. Teachers should understand that teaching classroom rules effectively will not guarantee that students will follow them all the time. There will be times that rules will be broken. In addition to establishing and teaching the rules, teachers should also plan on enforcing them. One golden rule is rules and consequences must be reinforced for all students at all times. No exception, period.

Reinforcing the classroom rules especially in the beginning of academic year is very crucial. Students only consider that you mean business if you show them you are serious about your teaching and classroom management. Especially in the beginning of academic year, teachers should be able to stop what they are doing and deal with reinforcing the classroom rules when misbehavior occurs because once a teacher starts making exceptions for some excuses such as "not wanting to interrupt teaching", "not wanting to deal with it at the time", "having a bad day" or "this is the first time student breaking the rule", a double standard exists and rules become worthless.

Classroom Procedures

The secret to reducing or eliminating some behavior problems is establishing classroom procedures for daily tasks and activities. Your students will appreciate your consistency, and once they have internalized classroom procedures, the day will run that much more smoothly. Classroom procedures basically refer to directions for specific activities.

There are two different types of procedures students are expected to follow: School procedures that are provided during school orientation such as procedures for library check-out, procedures for using computer labs, procedures for school entry, exit, and playground activities, cafeteria etc. On the other hand, classroom procedures are specific directions for in-class activities such as procedures for entering into the classroom and getting ready for class, using restroom, using pencil sharpener, drinking fountain and sink, etc.

Imagine asking a class full of 21 third graders to “pass in their worksheet assignment” every morning. Sounds simple enough, yet inevitably a small group of students might playfully wave their worksheets by a neighbor’s ear. Some might take the opportunity to jump up and walk over to your desk, while others would want to hand you the worksheet directly because that is what their teacher did last year. Chaos. However, developing and practicing a specific procedure for passing in worksheets (left across the rows and up the first aisle, for example) will create an orderly response to that request, avoid conflicts between students, and shorten the overall time it takes for this managerial task.

Along with classroom rules, procedures help ensure excellent behavior by teaching students specific behaviors for specific circumstances. But keep in mind that rules and procedures are different. In short, rules are expectations for behaviors, and procedures are methods for doing something (like lining up, sharpening pencils, etc.). Usually, classroom procedures become routines after a while. The more times the students do the procedures the more they internalize it so after a while students just automatically follow them without much thinking about them.

Step by Step to Efficient Classroom Procedures

Step 1. Establish Your Classroom Procedures: When establishing classroom procedures, teachers should develop procedures that allow students to know what / how they should be doing particular activities in which a specific process is necessary. Teachers should start listing classroom procedures before the first day of school based on their previous experiences (own classroom or internship). These procedures are also written in classroom management plan, hence serving multiple purposes. If a procedure is in place but teacher found out that it is not working as planned, teacher can modify or replace the procedure with a new one. Therefore, updates to procedures might be needed.

Step 2: Describe Classroom Procedures Clearly: Once established, teachers should be able to teach (not just show) each procedure during first week of school by defining the procedure in concrete terms, demonstrate the procedure in class, even demonstrating a complex procedure step by step when needed.

Step 3: Rehearse Classroom Procedures Until They Become Routines: Teachers should have students practice the procedure, step by step, under their supervision until it becomes routine. The students should be able to perform the procedure automatically without teacher supervision.

Step 4: Reinforce a Correct Procedure and Re-teach an Incorrect One: As the days go on, teachers should be able to determine whether students have learned a specific procedure or whether they need further explanation, demonstration, or practice. Re-teaching the procedure might be necessary when needed.

Examples of Classroom Procedures
Procedures for Entering the Classroom: I expect students to follow these procedures when you enter the classroom:
1. You are not to stand or wait around in the hallway
2. Enter the classroom quietly without running or pushing
3. Take your assigned seat
4. Copy the Bell-work assignment from the board in your notebook
5. Work quietly and by yourself
6. Wait for further instructions from the teacher
Procedure for the End of Class and Class Dismissal: Right before the bell rings everyone should:
1. be in assigned seat,
2. be quiet,
3. gather all their materials and
4. wait for the teacher to dismiss the class.

Procedure When We Have a Visitor
1. When we have someone come into our classroom who is not part of our class (teacher, administrator, student, parent) you are expected to follow the same classroom rules and procedures.
2. You are expected to be polite to the visitor.
3. Do not talk to the visitor unless he/she is talking to you directly.
4. Continue working on your assignment as usual.
5. If the visitor needs to speak to me privately, I expect you to remain in your seat without talking until I finish speaking with the visitor.

Summary
A rule identifies general expectations or standards; a single rule can encompass a wide range of expected behaviors. A procedure communicates expectations for specific behaviors. Effective teachers use both rules and procedures. For example, you might establish the rule “Respect other students and their property” and also create separate procedures for returning books to the appropriate place in the classroom and participating respectfully in class discussions.
The number and kind of rules and procedures vary from class to class and from grade to grade, but every good teacher has them. How students treat one another, when and how students may leave the room, and when it is appropriate to speak out in class are common topics for rules and procedures in every grade.
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Comments posted for this article: 107

Heather Blue
Heather Blue
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thank you for this article.
  Posted on: September 15, 2012 8:37 am

vaLury
vaLury
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I believe this information will be extremely helpful and useful when I finally have my on classroom. Thank you for posting.
  Posted on: February 11, 2013 9:48 pm

I also feel this article is useful and helpful. It has many great tips and advice that I will use when I become a teacher! Thanks again for all of your helpful ideas.
  Posted on: February 15, 2013 1:54 pm

Candice Williams
Candice Williams
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So many great ideas for my classroom!
  Posted on: February 27, 2013 5:59 pm

Chanell Wolski
Chanell Wolski
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This article is really useful for establishing rules vs establishing procedures. It really helps to distinguish what you should/should not have as your rules. The "3-5 rule" rule is great.
  Posted on: October 13, 2014 6:51 pm

Amanda Meredith
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I really felt this article spells out the differences between rules vs. procedures. Excellent article and I will be sure to refer back to this when planning the setup of my future classroom.
  Posted on: October 14, 2014 1:40 am

erugyn
erugyn
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I feel like this article was extremely helpful. I found it made me think more and brought new ideas to mind for me in terms of rules vs. procedures.
  Posted on: October 14, 2014 6:10 pm

Victoria Neely
Victoria Neely
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In Pre-K We turn our rules into a social story and at the beginning of the year we will read that social story all the time for the first couple of weeks and then add that social story to our library. For those of of that may be wondering...a social story is a personal story that has pictures of our students and describe a specific situation that I want to address. I have a social story for our carpet rules, classroom rules, outside rules, etc.. The students really relate to these stories.
  Posted on: October 14, 2014 9:56 pm

zemyRy
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This is very helpful information. Be prepared, be responsibile, be respectful, are general, but those rules can be specific such as be respectful by keeping hands and feet to self, use nice words and so on. This would be for a younger group. Rules can also apply for a specific area of the classromm such as learnig centers. The rules can be be respectful and then specific rules for that center such as wait your turn, be nice to the computer and your friends.
  Posted on: October 15, 2014 8:58 pm

ezaDyR
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This article has opened a new avenue in my mind. There are so many things to discuss on the first day or even week of school. It can be stressful to think of how to manage time and mention all of the topics that need to be discussed. However, your article broke it down into simpler pieces. Great read!
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 12:19 am

Heather Long
Heather Long
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As a teacher in a self-contained EBD classroom, I enjoyed reading this article. Classroom rules and procedures must be developed before school starts by the teacher. Allowing a little wiggle room to have students develop procedures is definitely encouraged, but ultimately, rules, routines, and procedures need to be developed by the teacher. Consistency is the most important component when implementing rules & procedures as well. Students will try to get away with anything, especially in my classroom. Say what you mean & mean what you say.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 12:20 am

Chelsea
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I definitely agree with the importance of establishing classroom rules. Having a specific and consistent set of rules shows students that you have control of your classroom, and helps them know what to expect. The transition from one grade to another can be tricky, but when the rules are addressed clearly, it is easier to get students used to the routine of the classroom.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 9:57 pm

qaWeBu
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Revisiting classroom procedures may be required even six weeks into the school year. Classroom management is an ongoing task, therefore a revisit here and there of procedures that were set the beginning of the year would not be an odd thing to do.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 1:54 am

Amanda Smith
Amanda Smith
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classroom rules should definitely be clear and stated the first day of school
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 2:43 am

yHeGyV
yHeGyV
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This is a great post on classroom management. The information provided is a great recap on previously learned classroom management strategies. I recommend that this page be bookmarked for future references. The information will be useful for any beginning teacher.
  Posted on: February 17, 2015 6:39 pm

uHugyT
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I love the examples that were provided for the classroom rules and procedures, as well as the procedures for when we have visitors in the classroom. This was a really helpful article.
  Posted on: February 19, 2015 5:39 pm

ZyhyJu
ZyhyJu
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These expectations and standards are listed in order and easy to follow. I will definitely utilize this guide to implore my own personal touch and create a well managed classroom.
  Posted on: February 21, 2015 3:37 am

Danielle Brock
Danielle Brock
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I will definitely take your advice when it comes to establishing classroom rules.
  Posted on: February 24, 2015 4:03 pm

Jen
Jen
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Establishing the difference between school and classroom rules is crucial.
  Posted on: February 24, 2015 8:52 pm

Sonya Brock
Sonya Brock
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I found this case study to be very helpful.
  Posted on: February 28, 2015 2:30 am

Ashley Noe
Ashley Noe
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Wonderful guide about classroom rules and procedures. I found this to be very helpful.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 3:11 am

Danielle Brock
Danielle Brock
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I enjoyed reading this idea.
I will use this in the future for sure
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 11:12 pm

vaguPe
vaguPe
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First days are reflective days. You would want to set the environment, rules, and answer questions accordingly.
Awesome list and tips.
  Posted on: March 2, 2015 2:50 am

unuhaj
unuhaj
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I am a firm believer that establishing guidelines for the classroom starting from day one is very important to the overall functionality of that classroom throughout the year. I always start out with my rules and procedures listed somewhere in my classroom where students can see and reference it at all times. I will take time to redirect my students to the list if I see that they need a reminder. I teach fifth grade and feel the rules are just as important for them as they are kindergartners. I feel that not only must rules be established but also enforced. I enjoyed your post. It gave me some great ideas and thank you for sharing.
  Posted on: March 10, 2015 12:13 pm

Rezaty
Rezaty
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Thanks for sharing
  Posted on: March 11, 2015 3:51 pm

eRuPeT
eRuPeT
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The first day sets the pace for the rest of the year! I find that most students say that I am too nice, and many of my friends say I have a "resting nice face", so it is important for me to be consistent early in the year and not waver in giving consequences. This will help with establishing with your students that you mean business.
  Posted on: March 11, 2015 8:39 pm

yQadyH
yQadyH
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Letting or should I say guiding students on establishing and creating rules in the classroom really is one best practice in teaching.
  Posted on: March 12, 2015 1:41 am

qaGuqy
qaGuqy
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Great article about classroom procedures. I would have to agree with some of the 10 key points listed above. I teach younger grades and I learned it is best to make the rules with the students instead of going about it ahead of time. This way every students in accountable for following them.
  Posted on: March 13, 2015 6:41 pm

ugevyX
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Good Article
  Posted on: March 15, 2015 2:20 am

ymuTyZ
ymuTyZ
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Great article!
  Posted on: March 15, 2015 1:52 pm

equLyV
equLyV
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I definitely struggled with developing rituals and routines when I got to my new school this year. I was always getting them confused with rules and I didn't really understand how to word them. This article is really helpful and I will use this as a resource for next year's planning.
  Posted on: March 15, 2015 1:55 pm

ymuTyZ
ymuTyZ
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Very helpful!
  Posted on: March 16, 2015 12:00 am

WuGusa
WuGusa
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This is a great post and full of great classroom management strategies for a future classroom.
  Posted on: September 28, 2015 10:29 pm

Megan Lee
Megan Lee
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Great post! I am always trying to find things that help me grow in my classroom management skills. This article provides me with many helpful tips on how I can effectively implement rules in my future classroom.
  Posted on: September 30, 2015 3:25 pm

neHaGy
neHaGy
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This post was great! I learned so much. knowing that classroom rules refer to teacher’s expectations from students in classroom regarding the student’s behaviors and that the classroom rules are non-negotiable to ensure that the students have appropriate behavior, safety and boundaries between classmates and teacher. Having classroom procedures refer to the direction the classroom should go and how the materials should be used in the classroom which will keep everyone organized and keep everyone in their appropriate behavior.
  Posted on: October 1, 2015 7:48 pm

Holly Ebbert
Holly Ebbert
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This was a great article/post to read! There are many helpful ideas for classroom rules and procedures!
  Posted on: October 3, 2015 11:33 pm

uZyvaP
uZyvaP
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This article is very helpful and comprehensive! I will print it and be sure to include it in my teacher's tool kit. Classroom management is one area where I need to concentrate on; I will use this article is the basis for establishing my own classroom management plan.
  Posted on: October 4, 2015 12:27 am

HaLyvy
HaLyvy
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The information within this article is extremely relevant in any classroom setting. As a pre service teacher, it is important to make sure classroom rules and procedures and implemented in the classroom beginning on day one.
  Posted on: October 4, 2015 6:08 pm

Caitlyn Bogatin
Caitlyn Bogatin
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Classroom management is very important because that shows how well you can be flexible and manage behaviors, this article gives very good insight to managing a classroom.
  Posted on: October 5, 2015 1:53 am

dubaNu
dubaNu
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This post was so helpful to me as an upcoming teacher! I completely agree that it is so important to make sure the classroom rules are clear on the first day of school.
  Posted on: October 11, 2015 4:57 pm

yHaReH
yHaReH
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I thought this post was very informative! I enjoyed the step-step processes and the many examples.
  Posted on: October 13, 2015 1:23 am

Thomas Smallwood
Thomas Smallwood
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Helpful reading. I think this is essential for all teachers, but especially new teachers.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 12:05 am

uXyRyd
uXyRyd
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When introducing the rules to the class, I let the students "believe" they are developing the rules, when I already have the rules developed, to gain buy-in from the students. I guide students to "developing" essential rules needed in the classroom and write the rules as if they were brand new and hand crafted by our class in order for the students to take ownership of the rules. This strategy has worked for me in the past 4 years as students are able to tell and demonstrate what the rules are and are not.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 1:12 am

eSyTyt
eSyTyt
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I really enjoyed how you separated the rules into two different sections because the kids need to learn the differences of the school rules and classroom rules.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 12:49 am

nydyra
nydyra
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This was an enjoyable read and very helpful to an up-and-coming teacher such as myself. This gives me a lot of confidence.
  Posted on: October 17, 2015 7:02 am

aTeRaz
aTeRaz
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I appreciate your information on how to set up rules and procedures, it will be most helpful when I begin teaching my own class.
  Posted on: October 17, 2015 4:10 pm

yseHug
yseHug
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Thinking about teaching a class in just over a year all by myself can be very overwhelming. I think this is a great thing to read, and it will be a great guide to look over in the future for helpful tips and ways to set up the classroom.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 4:21 am

eQynuv
eQynuv
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Great article, I agree that rules should already be in place on the first day.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 3:29 pm

Henry Hobby
Henry Hobby
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Thank you for this post. I find that rules and procedures take time and thought in order to be effective. Students need to have plenty of time to practice the rules and especially the procedures. I like to review rules and procedures every day for at least the first six weeks of school. Providing students with examples and non-examples are a great way for providing practice for the students.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 6:47 pm

uGaLaz
uGaLaz
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This article is very useful for actual application in my current classroom. My first year teaching, I did not understand a lot of these points and my classroom management suffered because of that. I feel like I am improving each year on rules and procedures, but I can always improve. This article helped me to self-reflect on several areas of classroom management.
  Posted on: October 19, 2015 12:40 am

Christina
Christina
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Setting guidelines and expectations from day one and following through with consequences when rules are not followed, are imperative to having a productive learning environment. Thanks.
  Posted on: October 19, 2015 1:24 am

WubuLe
WubuLe
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Be very careful relinquishing your power to calling parents as a first result. Let students know you are in charge and the parent is secondary in YOUR classroom.
  Posted on: October 19, 2015 3:28 am

ZuTyse
ZuTyse
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I feel as though classroom management is one of the most important factors to success in the classroom. You make an important point in stressing the importance of establishing rules before the first day of school.
  Posted on: November 3, 2015 1:00 pm

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed article.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:27 pm

zyWute
zyWute
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I really think this information is useful and helpful to upcoming teachers! Especially, since it is the hardest concept to implement.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:36 pm

apazeR
apazeR
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This information is very useful and I feel that I will use a lot of these pointers in my own classroom
  Posted on: February 23, 2016 3:36 am

Taylor Katsarelas
Taylor Katsarelas
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Your article is full of information that every first year teacher should read before creating their classroom management plan. This would help these teacher be better prepared for the future.
  Posted on: February 24, 2016 1:25 am

taMaSe
taMaSe
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I really enjoyed reading this post. Classroom rules are important to set on the first day of school and it is crucial that they are enforced throughout the entire school year. Thank you for sharing different strategies when it comes to planning and putting classroom rules into effect.
  Posted on: February 24, 2016 1:36 pm

edeBaS
edeBaS
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I really enjoyed this post. It gave me a lot of tips and ideas for my own classroom one day!!
  Posted on: February 26, 2016 4:58 pm

Maryssa Kane
Maryssa Kane
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What a great article! These tips are easy to implement and very helpful in practicing good classroom management.
  Posted on: February 27, 2016 5:55 am

Thomas Anderson
Thomas Anderson
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"Do not wait until the first day of school to establish your classroom rules with your students: Some literature suggest that teachers set the classroom rules with students during the first day of school." I do not quite understand this. While some research suggests rules should be established and iron clad and students should have no involvement in helping to create rules and consequences I disagree. I will note that in my disagreement that I can see your point about how asking students about rules might take away from the teachers authority and that in lower grades students are not quite ready for that level of autonomy or self awareness and rules, structures and boundaries need to be preset. However, in possibly grades 3 and up students should be involved in helping to at least create some classroom rules and some consequences for breaking rules. Doing this allows students to be more accountable for their behavior, it also gives them reasoning and insight as to why the rules exist making students more likely to follow them. I am not saying do not have a plan, or a notion of what the classroom rules should be but I do think having students involved somewhere in the rulemaking/consequences process makes students more accountable. My idea has always been to create my own rules poster as a teacher showing students some basic rules and having them help to create the rest of the rules we will then vote by raised hands on which rules we are keeping. I can decided to veto any decision or make suggestions to the class throughout this process. Or better yet you create the rules and have students create the consequences. You can also do the same for positive behaviors by earning rewards. For example helping others gets you a ticket or earns some other privilege.
  Posted on: February 28, 2016 5:59 pm

Rachel Antis
Rachel Antis
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This is a great post! I think that it is especially important to introduce and implement the classroom rules on the first day of class. This is the time period where students get to know you as an educator and begin to realize whether or not you are going to strictly adhere to your rules.
  Posted on: February 29, 2016 1:43 am

uzebyn
uzebyn
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This is a great article and I will use this information in order to create a successful learning environment.
  Posted on: March 1, 2016 7:07 pm

ezyHes
ezyHes
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Thank you.
  Posted on: March 5, 2016 4:46 am

WuzyJa
WuzyJa
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I really enjoyed reading this. I am a future teacher and anything about classroom management I find to be very important for me to learn.
  Posted on: March 5, 2016 9:21 pm

useZyt
useZyt
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I loved this article. I think it will be very useful to new and old teachers. Thank you.
  Posted on: March 6, 2016 11:56 pm

apamat
apamat
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I think this article will be very helpful when I have my future classroom.
  Posted on: March 7, 2016 12:33 am

PeQyGa
PeQyGa
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This article was awesome and so useful!
  Posted on: October 4, 2016 2:33 am

yDydez
yDydez
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This article was very helpful and well thought out.
  Posted on: October 4, 2016 4:50 pm

yDyjuB
yDyjuB
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Very helpful!
  Posted on: October 4, 2016 11:07 pm

yZaHuM
yZaHuM
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I liked how the article was laid out in steps. this made it very interesting and easy to understand.
  Posted on: October 8, 2016 3:43 pm

QaNese
QaNese
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Thank you for posting very clear and to the point classroom management techniques. I've learned that it is best to start out strict with rules and procedures than it is to start out lenient and work towards enforcing them later.
  Posted on: October 9, 2016 6:52 am

QaNese
QaNese
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Thank you for posting very clear and to the point classroom management techniques. I've learned that it is best to start out strict with rules and procedures than it is to start out lenient and work towards enforcing them later.
  Posted on: October 9, 2016 6:53 am

ZaBuBy
ZaBuBy
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I really like the layout of the article for me to personally follow, but This will definitely be helpful in future teaching careers.
  Posted on: October 10, 2016 5:58 pm

sazaXa
sazaXa
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I found this to be very helpful when thinking about rules and procedures. For my classroom, I think I would give an outline of the rules and procedures but rewrite them with the students with more detail so they feel personally responsible for their own rules. Giving the outline helps lead them away from nonsensical responses and also leads them into the direction I need them to go in as their teacher.
  Posted on: October 12, 2016 6:28 pm

junuTu
junuTu
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This was very helpful to me. Thank you for providing real world problems and solutions.
  Posted on: October 13, 2016 12:30 am

yneLaH
yneLaH
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This is useful because it sets guidelines and helps you learn how to be in charge.
  Posted on: October 13, 2016 1:25 am

aqaByg
aqaByg
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This is very helpful for distinguishing and establishing classroom rules and management in the classroom for new and existing teachers. There so so much valuable information. Thank you!
  Posted on: October 13, 2016 11:42 pm

Husava
Husava
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Very helpful, thank you
  Posted on: October 14, 2016 6:59 pm

veXyge
veXyge
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great post!
  Posted on: October 16, 2016 11:08 pm

uQaMeV
uQaMeV
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This article information will be very helpful when I began my career.
  Posted on: February 20, 2017 6:07 pm

ytupyQ
ytupyQ
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This is a really helpful article. I will refer back to this once I start teaching. In the meantime I will share with my mom, who is a teacher!
  Posted on: February 21, 2017 6:16 pm

tygaBu
tygaBu
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Thank you for this article, I feel like step three for rule creation is one of the hardest. It is easy to fall into the trap of creating a simple and general rules.
  Posted on: February 21, 2017 10:55 pm

beTyze
beTyze
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Class room rules are just as important as school rules and I feel as we need to combine them as a unit to have the best and most successful class.
  Posted on: February 23, 2017 4:14 am

ZaBuBy
ZaBuBy
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This is an inspiring article with so much information to take into my future classroom. I will be sure to follow these instructions.
  Posted on: February 24, 2017 3:17 am

nick morse
nick morse
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What a great article.
  Posted on: February 24, 2017 4:23 pm

yLeBun
yLeBun
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Great information for beginning teachers. Great list of rules and procedures that are easily implemented in a classrrom.
  Posted on: February 25, 2017 10:24 pm

eQeMeN
eQeMeN
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These solutions are very thorough and provide a lot of insight!
  Posted on: February 26, 2017 6:48 pm

eQeMeN
eQeMeN
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These solutions are very thorough and provide a lot of insight!
  Posted on: February 26, 2017 6:49 pm

Gytusa
Gytusa
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Thank you! this will help so many new teachers! Including myself!
  Posted on: February 27, 2017 2:04 am

XequMa
XequMa
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Thank you for this information! It is very helpful as a new teacher to have these resources to refer to.
  Posted on: February 27, 2017 1:05 pm

eqeJaQ
eqeJaQ
Reps: 100
Thank you for this information! So many great ideas for my future classroom!
  Posted on: March 1, 2017 1:06 am

Andrea Howey
Andrea Howey
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Thank you for this information! I will use this in my future classroom!
  Posted on: March 3, 2017 3:04 am

Lynn Krivoruchka
Lynn Krivoruchka
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This was fantastic information! I have seen this before, but now I have it in a location that I know that I can save it and use it for the future. Thank you.
  Posted on: March 5, 2017 4:11 am

Chelsea Navarro
Chelsea Navarro
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This is incredibly helpful for incoming teachers! It is nice to acknowledge "teacher rules" in addition to "student rules". I definitely will save this for my future classroom as a reference!
  Posted on: March 5, 2017 3:45 pm

aDeSuz
aDeSuz
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I truly appreciate the rules you have listed and will most definitely keep these in mind when running my classroom.
  Posted on: March 5, 2017 8:35 pm

Emily Alvarez
Emily Alvarez
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I really appreciated how you focused on the importance and difference between classroom rules and classroom procedures. I agree that things will become automatic for students. I will be one less thing for the teacher to worry about as the school year progresses.
  Posted on: March 6, 2017 12:33 am

MeRepe
MeRepe
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This article was informative and made a lot of sense. Explaining why you have to establish the rules and seem like a teacher and not a friend to students was something that I did not think too much about.
  Posted on: July 5, 2017 4:15 am

eLaGag
eLaGag
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This article is a great guideline for classroom procedures and rules to have in a classroom, thank you!
  Posted on: July 8, 2017 5:29 pm

vugage
vugage
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I really enjoyed this article. I will definitely be using this information in my classroom in the future. Thank you for providing this for others.
  Posted on: October 4, 2017 7:48 pm

Maritza
Maritza
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I agree with Dr. Unal that one of the most important things that a teacher must do is to explain the classroom procedures to the students. Setting clear expectations will the students stay on task and respect the classroom rules.
  Posted on: October 8, 2017 2:50 am

Maritza
Maritza
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I also agree that the purpose of creating a classroom management plan is to prevent negative/disruptive behaviors from happening.
  Posted on: October 8, 2017 2:51 am

azuTen
azuTen
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Thanks so much for the fantastic information, very useful!
  Posted on: October 8, 2017 6:08 pm

useZyt
useZyt
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I think it is so important to learn classroom management before becoming a teacher, and I truly believe that this will help me! Thank you.
  Posted on: October 9, 2017 1:52 am

uryden
uryden
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Thank you for your experience and helping future teachers like myself!
  Posted on: October 11, 2017 8:45 pm

ZyQeHy
ZyQeHy
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Classroom rules are a important set of rules and guideline that helps new teachers structure there class and for students to always understand the rules of the course thanks for sharing.
  Posted on: October 12, 2017 7:33 pm

eqeLeQ
eqeLeQ
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Classroom management is very important to every teacher! This definitely helped me to get an idea of different classroom procedures and rules. Thank you!
  Posted on: Yesterday 12:12 am

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