Classroom Management: Developing Clear Rules, Expectations

A lack of set rules and expectations can bring about a chaotic class. Indeed, without adhered-to guidelines, the learning environment can bring about loads of inappropriate behaviors.

But how does an educator develop and carry out a series of rules and expectations? Today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself a seasoned English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, explains how to use classroom management to create an atmosphere “Where students’ relational and academic behaviors are oriented in a manner most likely to ensure learning happens.”

One section of today’s centerpiece article contains a list of consequences for when rules and expectations aren’t adhered to. These consequences include:

  • ·      Verbal warning.
  • ·      A “Time Out” or isolation.
  • ·      Loss of privilege.
  • ·      Referral to an administrator (which the student may receive additional consequences).
  • ·      And More!

Jordan sums up his article thusly: “Whatever the extent students play a role in establishing the classroom rules and expectations, make sure that you leave room for establishing policies for yourself as well. When teachers invite input and feedback regarding their own manner of conduct, this helps students feel like they have more ownership and control over their learning and additional helps teachers better model how one abides by a set of expectations.”

How do you ensure that your classroom is a place that maximizes learning and reinforces positive behaviors?

17 Topics to Teach K-8 About Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is a hot topic in educational circles these days. And with the plethora of technological devices making knowledge attainable just about anywhere, it’s important to teach kids responsibility, including digical citizenship.

We recently posted an article by frequent contributor Jacqui Murray (herself a technology teacher) on how educators should promote responsible digital life. In it, Jacqui notes that teachers should frequently address:

    Digital Commerce
    And More!

Jacqui notes that teachers shouldn’t fret about addressing these topics – we’ve instructed kids about general safety since the dawn of time. These rules are merely variations on the overall theme of safety and how they apply to this day and age.

Jacqui encapsulates her article in one apropos paragraph: “One of my favorites of all the above, is “digital rights and responsibilities.” With great virtual wealth comes obligations. You can't have one without the other. It's never too early to start that conversation.”

How do you teach digital citizenship in your school?