Here's my rough draft for my rules for my first group of middle schoolers. I'll be teaching ESL, probably 6th and 8th, intermediate-high intermediate ELD (English Language Development level) students. 1. Respect yourself, your classmates, your teacher, and our materials/class environment. (I plan to do a guided discussion with them on what this exactly this looks like, and since the ESL standards include "speaking and listening for social interaction," this fits in!) 2. Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking. (Exceptions being pair/group work, and choral response- I plan to have a cue word for this.) 3. Be prepared and on task! Bring your books, pencils, homework, and other materials/assignments every day. 4. Follow directions quickly and courteously. 5. Stay seated unless told to move. 6. No gum, cell phones/ipods/other electronics. Is there anything that you would add/change? I know that you're only *supposed* to have no more than five, according to most of what I've read, and the last one is school policy, but I wanted to reiterate it. Thanks!