I have been told that I am teaching 6th grade math next year and I wanted to start thinking about expectations and procedures. I would love any feedback that anyone has on them. Classroom Expectations: I found these rules online and I felt like they covered most things. -Be respectful. -Be ready. -Be responsible. But, I also really liked the expectations on these posters because they seemed more class culture oriented which I liked as well! http://grove.ccsd59.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2014/09/Screen-Shot-2014-09-20-at-2.39.57-PM.png I was also thinking of having each group in my class take a rule and make a bubble map of what the rule means. That way I would not have to do the majority of the explaining and it would be more student created. But with only three rules, I wouldn't have enough groups. (I have been told that class sizes are about 20-25.) Also, two other major rules are no electronics and follow directions the first time. I feel like these are general expectations, so do I need to post these as well, or could these go under another rule? Below I have listed some of my procedures. I would not give a list to students, but I was planning on teaching them as they come up. On Day 1, I was hoping to teach entering the class, exiting the class, and the bathroom procedure. Am I missing anything or should I change anything? Entering the class: Wait outside the door until Ms. XXX lets you in. Take the most direct route to your seat and take out all of your materials for today. Begin the Do Now quietly. (I want kids to wait outside so I can greet them in the morning, but I hope that they have enough room to line up outside. I know it can be tricky with lockers in the hallway. Also, many of the procedures that I have seen ask for students to enter silently. Do you think this is reasonable?) Exiting the class: Make sure all materials are cleaned up and wait at your seat quietly. When Ms. XXX will dismiss the class, you may exit the classroom. (I was thinking of dismissing table by table but that doesn't feel necessary. As long I have collected the papers and they have cleaned up, I think it's fine for them all to leave at the same time.) Raising your hand: During whole group lessons and class discussions, raise your hand if you have something to share. No calling out--this will not allow your classmates to time to think! Bathroom: Ask before you use the bathroom. Unless it is an emergency, do not ask while Ms. XXX is teaching. Sign out before you go to the bathroom. The best time to go to the bathroom is right before class starts. Leaving my seat: If you need to leave your desk to sharpen your pencil or get a Kleenex, you may do so without asking. However, please do not sharpen your pencil while Ms. XXX or a student is talking. Absences: If a student at your table is absent, the person who sits right next to the student is responsible for collecting their work. Put their name on each page and staple their work together. Then, put their work in the absent folder for our period. When the absent student comes back, they will find their work in the folder.