I'm working on my classroom rules and discipline plan, and I've come up with what I think are good rules. I just need to word them in a better (shorter?) way. I'm making a rubric form on which I have all of the rules and I'll note any offenses and show how the weekly conduct grade (required) was earned. Here are the rules I want to convey: School/Parish rules: No gum/food/drinks (other than teacher allowed) No toys / cell phones / electronic devices in evidence Must be in full uniform, shirt tucked in, no sagging Classroom rules: Be prepared for class (ready to learn, homework done, T.I.G.E.R.! binder in good order) Be respectful: be polite to the teacher, raise your hand to speak or get out of your seat, use good manners, control your talking, cooperate and participate in class) Be respectful of yourself and others (take turns, be nice to others, no bullying, no horseplay) Be respectful of property (school, teacher, that of peers, or student's own property) I'm really interested in simplifying my classroom rules, since the school/parish rules are out of my hands. Any help is greatly appreciated!