I am beginning my first year of teaching this fall (1st grade) and am trying to determine what my classroom rules will be. These are the 5 I think I will go with: 1. Follow directions the first time they are given. 2. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. 3. Make good choices. 4. Never hurt anyone on the inside or outside. 5. Always try your best. My question is this: As a substitute last year, I found that one of the most common behavior challenges with students was when they would talk/shout out while I was talking (forgetting to RAISE THEIR HAND!) or talking to their neighbor when I or someone else was talking. I am wondering, what “rule” does this behavior break? I am thinking it is the “make good choices” rule, but I don’t know how to help my students understand that…. Your thoughts, anyone?