Classroom Rules

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  1. Galois

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    I will be decorating my new classroom in a few weeks soon. Can you please share your basic classroom rules with consequences in a high school setting? Did it work?

    Please limit it to around three(3) rules. Thank you.
     
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  3. dgpiaffeteach

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    Be respectful (and then I outline what this means. Not talking over anyone, being careful with supplies, etc...) and be prepared (again outline-list of materials that must be brought daily, doing your work, etc...). Those were my two biggest ones. Consequences ranged from a warning to a referral and parent phone call home depending on what they did.

    My rules will be a little more detailed this year. I taught at a Catholic school before so mostly just referred to the ten commandments, which were posted on my wall. This year I'm at a public school so will add more to the list.

    I do go over a lot of procedures about things like late work, hall passes, etc...
     
  4. Linguist92021

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    I've seen lots of classrooms with only 3 rules: be respectful, stay on task, follow directions the first time they're given. I guess everything falls under this.

    In my classroom I had 5-6 rules (can't remember), but only because I could actually point to the one they broke: it had something to do with sitting the right way (straight up, knees under the desk, feet on floor, this was in a juvenile detention setting, and I thought it was important to ensure they don't get too relaxed. It worked). The others were about talking with permission, getting out of seat with permission, being respectful, following directions.
     
  5. Mrs. K.

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    I have two main rules, inspired by Whole Brain Teaching:
    1) Listen when your teacher is talking.
    2) Keep your Dear Teacher happy.
    The second one covers pretty much everything.
     
  6. MsMar

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    My school has three rules
    Be Safe
    Be Responsible
    Be Respectful

    Students know to follow the "Three Bs." And of course each teacher spends time at the beginning of the year discussing what being safe, responsible and respectful mean.
     
  7. Galois

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    Thanks for your valuable inputs. I can use many of them. Of course, respect is indispensable if there is going to have any instructions at all. Again, a million thanks.
     
  8. MsG

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    As a school (and a class) we also have:
    Be Safe
    Be Respectful
    Be Responsible

    Everything fits into one of those three. (Part of our PBIS for RTI stuff.)
     
  9. MissApple

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    I love the Whole Brain Teaching rules:

    Rule One: Follow directions quickly

    Rule Two: Raise your hand for permission to speak

    Rule Three: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat

    Rule Four: Make smart choices

    Rule Five: Keep your dear teacher happy!


    I like them because rule 4 and 5 function as a catch all so the kids can never say "But Miss, that's not in the rules!" I can just tell them they're not making smart choices or, if they try to argue they think it is a smart choice, that they're not making me happy.
     
  10. Rockguykev

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    Don't get too caught up in generalities and "catch alls" that you don't include the rules that really matter to you.

    "Be respectful" is cute but if my rules didn't have "Be in your seat working before the bell rings" I'd go nuts and I'd constantly have kids arguing they weren't disrespectful and therefore didn't break a rule.
     
  11. HistTchr

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    These have worked for me for several years.


    1. Listen to and follow directions the first time they are given.
    2. Be on time with all required materials.
    3. Be respectful of people and property. (Keep hands, feet, and negative comments to yourself; don't touch other people's belongings.)
    4. Sit and remain in your assigned seat unless told to do otherwise.
    5. Follow the school rules at all times.
     
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    In terms of consequences, my school has a new discipline system that we began last year. If students break the rules for a particular teacher three times, they are referred to the administration. (It's kind of a pain in the neck, but I'm getting used to it. We have a new referral system, and have to document everything on there for each offense. When the AP gets the referral, he/she sees what rule was broken each of the three times, and what actions the teacher took to intervene.) For major disruptions, students are sent out with a referral immediately. That doesn't happen too often.
     
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    Treat others how you want to be treated
    Remain quite when others are talking
    Leave electronics in locker (as if they did this)
    Food is to be eaten in cafeteria (school rule, I bend and let them drink)
    Warm ups and Exit slips are independent work (remain quite)
     
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    1. Only touch what belongs to you unless specifically given permission by the owner to do otherwise.

    2. Be respectful in your speech and actions of others ideas, beliefs and lifestyles.
     

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