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How to Make Rules Your Class Will Actually Follow

Running a classroom can seem as impossible as controlling a pack of wild dogs. Regain control by making rules your class will actually follow.


  • Step 1: Work with the class Work with your students and ask them to help you create the rules for the classroom. Have them write down their suggestions on paper.
  • Step 2: Think about actions Come up with the most important actions and behavior the class should follow. Talk about goals the class should strive for in terms of grades, work habits, and behavior.
  • Step 3: Discuss reasoning Discuss the reason behind the actions and behaviors, and elaborate on what makes them important.
  • Step 4: Write the rules Review what your students wrote and what was discussed in class, and write a set of rules that expresses the class's goals.
  • TIP: Limit the number of rules to six. Three rules are optimal.
  • Step 5: Keep it short and simple Keep the rules short and use easy-to-understand language. Make sure the tone of the rules is respectful to your students.
  • Step 6: Post the rules Type and print the rules. Make a poster with a class photo and signatures of all of your students. As a class, decorate the poster, and then hang it where it can be seen.
  • FACT: According to a 2005 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, there is an average of 3.8 students per instructional computer with internet access.

You Will Need

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Camera
  • Markers
  • Poster board

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