Classroom rules are important to your class community. When students have rules, they know what your expectations are for them. They know what you want them to do, and they know that there are consequences for failing to follow the rules.
Making Classroom Rules
When it comes to creating classroom rules, consider including your students in the process. As students take part in making the rules, they take ownership in the rules. They’ll will work to follow them and make sure that their classmates are following them, too. Of course, you can sway your students to choose ones that encompass all the necessary rules for your classroom. Think about some of the top classroom rules to help you.
Top Classroom Rules
Although you should stick to 4 or 5 rules, here are the top 10 classroom rules for elementary schools for your consideration:
- Be on time at the beginning of the day and after lunch or recess breaks.
- Come prepared with supplies and completed homework.
- Be kind, polite, and courteous to others.
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Be respectful of classmates, teachers, and property.
- Listen to the teacher and classmates, and follow directions.
- Work hard, and always do your best.
- Be safe!
- Raise your hand when you would like to speak in class or if you need to leave the classroom for any reason (e.g., going to the bathroom, visiting the nurse, etc.)
- Obey all school rules.
Tips to Consider
When choosing from the top 10 classroom rules, try to cover every behavioral issue that could come up on any given day. Some of the common classroom management issues include talking out of turn, bothering classmates, failing to stay on task, or failing to follow directions. Ask yourself, “do our rules cover these problems and others that students might struggle with this year?” If not, you might want to rethink them.
Also, write the rules as clear and specific as possible. Then, discuss them with your students in order to set classroom expectations. They should understand exactly what the rules are, how they apply, and what the consequences are for failing to follow them.