Every classroom needs to have a set of rules, otherwise, anarchy would rule. Every teacher has a set of rules they would like to implement, in order to teach students the proper behavior. At elementary age, rules are not just to teach about proper classroom behavior, they are also object lessons for how to behave in the world. School plays a crucial role in socializing children so they can function in society as they get older, and that’s why it is so important for classroom rules to be clear, unambiguous, functional, and positive. They also need to be specific. “Respect each other” sounds great, but young children may not understand the abstract concept without specific examples and instructions. These rules also need to be relevant to the students and their daily lives. They should also extend to the playground. Make it clear that any student who disobeys the rules anywhere on school grounds should extend the proper punishment.
One of the best ways to make students accountable for their actions is to have them come up with the rules themselves. That way, they have a set of guiding principles that makes sense in their world and how they view it. You might be surprised to find out that often students have more strict rules for themselves than teachers might think to implement. Instead of “respect each other”, they might have more concrete ideas like, “don’t talk over each other,” “don’t push each other,” and “don’t call each other names.” Also have them brainstorm a list of consequences for breaking the rules.
Classroom management can’t be entirely learned from books and classes.
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