I only have two rules for my classroom:
1. Accept any offer
2. Make your partner look good.
These are two of the essential rules for improve as noted in this video:
When it comes to procedures, I feel like I have tons and students just seem to figure it out. I take a great deal of time the first week. I allow students to look around the room in a 10 minute no-holds-barred activity I call "Snoop Doggy Dog." This is followed by a discussion about what was found. I then take the students on a tour of the room. We literally get up and walk the room like a tour guide. I show them everything and anything and explain when and where we have things in the room. I even go down to the point of explaining why I hung a picture in a certain location. This helps communicate and explain all of my procedures.
While reading chapter 6 here were my highlights:
- Students need rules to keep learning efficient
- Don't be afraid of devoting time to teaching rules, practicing procedures and revising as the year continues
- Rules and procedures need revising throughout the year.
- Rules and procedures are best revised by having a weekly class meeting to discuss progress and process.
- Classroom management receives top rating amongst all things that impact student achievement in the classroom.
- Rules and procedures are best determined at the beginning fo the year.
- "effective teachers spend a great deal of time establishing rules and procedures."
- Students who have rules at home score "10 percentile points higher"
- It is important to explain WHY you have a rule or a procedure
- Be flexible with your rules and allow students to give input to change them.
- "five to eight rules and procedures"
- Create, Interact, review, meet about the rules
We have been recently looking into PBIS for our rules. Here are ours.