Back to School Guide for Teachers: Establish Class Rules with Students

For every community rules are needed, so are classes. How to establish class rules? Most of the cases the school will make the rules and the students are asked to obey the rules unconditionally. But these rules are like chains to the students so they more or less have the desire to break it. A more clever way is to let students take part in creating class rules. The teacher should only have one requirement – do not hurt others’ feelings. Now students can expand their imaginations and creating the rules for the class. Since these rules are their own choice, they have no reason to break.

Gather suggestions from students, and then use these steps to successfully implement your class rules.

Select a few meaningful rules for success.

Select only the most important rules out and make the class rules really short and concise. This will keep students from feeling overwhelmed and better enable them to remember all the guidelines. For example, one sample class rules:

  • Respect all students, the teacher, and their belongings.
  • Come to class prepared.
  • Raise your hand to participate.
  • Listen while others are speaking.

Clearly state how rules will be enforced.

Discuss what happens when a student breaks a rule. Hopefully you don’t need to punish anyone, but when you do you need to implement it with fairness and consistency. For example, students will lose points for not handling in homework on time.

Post Class rules in a place where all students can see them.

Have students create artwork that decorates the classroom with the rules or have them make illustrations of the regulations being followed.

Get the word out to parents.

Send a copy of the guidelines to parents so that invisible pressure will be pressed on the students to keep their promises – obey the rules they created themselves.

Remember that it takes time to get used to new rules.

Always remember that it will take some time to get used to new rules. A famous psychological rule – 21 Days Rule, tells that one can form a habit if he continues to do it more than 21 days; on the contrary, if he stops doing it he can also get rid of a habit. Usually it takes six weeks for a year to solidify. After that, students should be aware of what behavior you expect from them day to day.

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