As I'm prepping for next year, I'm in a quandry. I have never really been a "rules" person. I have allows posted "respect self, others, and property" and let it go at that - modeling and discussing those behaviors. It has been really successful for the last dozen years. Remember the saying, "all rules are written in blood"? I had a class this last year that was so lacking in basic classroom behaviors (now, I've taught sped, ed, and behaviorally challenged students every year and I'm normally real successful with them - this was beyond the pale.) that I have to wonder if more specific rules would have been beneficial for them. So, I'm toying with implementing the rules from PowerTeaching and I'm wondering what you think: from Power Teachers blog: Rule One: Follow directions quickly! (the gesture- make your hand shoot forward like a fish) Rule Two: Raise your hand for permission to speak (the gesture- raise your hand, then pull it down next to your head and make a talking motion. This rule will be the most commonly violated one. Watch below for how you stop this without criticism or negativity.) Rule Three: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. (the gesture- raise your and, and then make a little walking figure with your index and middle finger.) Rule Four: Make smart choices! (the gesture- tap one finger to your temple as you say each word. Rule Five: Keep your dear teacher happy! (the gesture- hold up each thumb and index finger out like an “L” frame your face, bob your head back and forth with each word and smile really big!) I just feel odd, because I'd say 75-80% of all the children I've taught have responded well to vague-er rules, and I don't know if it is too "baby-ish" for sixth graders. Thoughts?