Classroom rules should be developed after
the selection and administration of consequences in order to establish
a classroom routine.
It is best, at least initially, for the teacher to develop
classroom rules without student participation.
Teachers’ expectations are more clearly communicated
when classroom rules are stated positively.
It is important to specify many rules in order to cover
various possible student behaviors.
Common classroom rules help to avoid student confusion.
Administrators need to know what steps teachers took
before deciding to send a student to the office.
Teachers should be able to send any student who engages
in an infraction to the office.
When teaching classroom rules, it is usually sufficient
to present the students with a document or booklet describing the rules.
Sending a copy of the classroom rules to parents can
help avoid misunderstandings and solicit increased parental support.
Rules alone do not bring about appropriate behaviors. Therefore,
rule-following by students needs to be reinforced.
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