I believe that one of the most important things I teacher can do for their classroom is set strong ground rules and then abide by them. One of the ‘jobs’ of a student is to find the boundaries, and if you don’t have any they won’t know when to stop. It is the teacher’s job to clearly build the fences that teach students appropriate behavior in the classroom. The skills that you can give to students in the learning environment will transfer into the working world, and we want our children to be able to grow up and reach their potential. They can’t do that if they don’t learn how to focus, settle down and be productive in addition to the content and skills of your course.
It’s hard to remember sometimes that we aren’t just teaching art, or English, or math anymore. We’re teaching life skills. We’re teaching our students how to behave in public society-as contributing members of their community.
Here are my classroom rules:
1. Be respectful of myself, your peers, and your self.
- No talking when the teacher is talking
- Respectful and school-appropriate language only
- Examples of inappropriate words: cuss words, ‘shut-up’, ‘this sucks’, etc.
- Constructive Criticism only
- No touching other people’s artwork without permission or if found on floor/knocked over
- Always be on time
- Always be productive
- Always listen and be aware
- 1st warning
- 2nd warning (that I will move your seat to the front of the room)
- Seat moved
- 3rd warning (that parents will be called
- Parents notified if this is a consistent problem for multiple class periods
- 4th warning (that the principal and parents will be called)
- Administrator and parent notification if student shows they cannot be respectful of the learning space and are distracting peers-last result