School Rules!


As we begin our journey back into the classroom, there are a few rules “that rule” if you know what I mean.   Here are three (3) parts of my system as a teacher, but I do wonder…what are your class rules and are rules important?

  1. Be Consistent
  2. Be Clear
  3. Be Kind

Harry Wong’s words on being consistent:

“Students do not like to be in classroom where they do not know what is going to happen next.  Students like consistency as it creates a school climate were everyone knows what to expect and what to do.  Consistency builds a work environment that is safe and inviting.”

Being clear has implications for understanding the language at a minimum, but also helps students know what is expected of them.  To me, being clear at what you want helps the learner understand efficiently.   Be clear with what you mean when you ask students to come to the rug for example— (does that mean they come to assigned spots or they can sit next to their BFF?)  Being clear goes along with being consistent like salt goes with pepper—a good partnership.

Be kind…when I work with older kids (especially middle schoolers), be kind is the only ‘rule’.  We talk all year about how to be kind to each other, how to speak to each other, how to turn in homework, how to be on time, how to replace supplies and how to return books to the library, etc.  The implications for being kind are wide open and like always, it is up to the teacher to make it important or not.

I want to wish all the fabulous teachers out there a wonderful school year!

2 Responses to “School Rules!”

  1. Welcome back, Susi!

    I hope you had a nice break from school and I wish you a wonderful year ahead.

    As far as the three rules are concerned, I pretty much agree with all of them. If I had to add something it would be, “be fair”, but if a teacher is consistent, clear, and kind, well, chances are this teacher is fair. 🙂

    Missed your posts! 🙂

  2. Hi Henrick,
    I like your #4: Be fair!

    Absolutely. Being fair is something that flattens the ‘ownership’ of education and should be recognized per students, teachers, and administrators. Although, sometimes being fair does not always ‘feel’ good, it is important and it establishes boundaries and guidance for character building, expression and communication and also being fair can set up intrinsic motivation towards success. Moreover, being fair can support understanding of WHY fair has two sides. So if there were a #5, i would add: Reflect

    i am already back to school and working with new EAL students, and this year, one of my goals is to be the ‘reflective’ teacher….let’s see what ideas worth sharing I encounter.

    All the best!

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