Starting the Year With Clear Rules & Expectations
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Establishing clear, practical classroom rules at the start of the school year can help you keep students on track to learning while promoting good behavior and responsibility.
Use these articles and resources to set up a good envrionment:
Guidelines for General Rules
Use these rules as guidelines, adapting and expanding them to meet the needs of your individual class and grade level
What to Do With Your Classroom Bill of Rights (PDF)
Use this reproducible activity in the first weeks of school to reinforce classroom rules.
Teacher Tips: Tips for Creating Classroom Rules
By Susan A. Miller Ed.D
Ten tips for educators on how to create a more peaceful, harmonious classroom are offered. Teachers should keep things simple, set realistic expectations, and add fun for
Helping Teachers Establish Rules
These strategies can help you create an efficient and supportive classroom.
Everyday Rules That Really Work!
By Chip Wood, Deborah Porter, Kathryn Brady and Mary Forton
This practical six-point plan for establishing rules and routines offers sure steps toward an orderly and productive classroom.
Keeping them on the Edge of Their Seats
By Ann Gazin
Tips for back-to-school classroom management that keeps students engaged but under control. Emphasizes the importance of consistency.
The Bully-Free Classroom
By Allan Beane
Strategies and activities for stopping school bullying before it starts. Involves teaching student conflict resolution skills.