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Middle School Classroom Rules

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Classroom Rules

classroom rules middle school

It is SO important to have good classroom rules in place. My room will be run authoritatively. I want my students to be able to develop a relationship of trust and respect with myself and each other. I believe that having a well run and safe classroom where we are able to effectively and quickly get work done is the best way to do this.

These are not my final rules that I will be using this year, because I met with my team to come up with common rules for the entire middle school, but those rules ended up aligning pretty well with what I have here.

On the first day of school, I recommend taking time to go over the rules and discussing reasoning with the students. I would also recommend having the students and a guardian sign the rules as well. It just helps to make sure everyone is on the same page.

My rules are:

1. Respect myself, other people, and the classroom. #benice #notumbridge
2. Be on time, on task, prepared to learn and listen everyday. #nofreedays #turntopage394
3. Be responsible for myself, my learning, and my actions. #nocheating #earnhousepoints
4. Help maintain a clean environment, even if it isn’t my mess. #notyourmom #scourgify
5. Keep all personal electronics out of sight and silent. #onlywithpermisson #silencio

Reasoning:

1. Respect myself, other people, and the classroom. #benice #notumbridge

I believe respect begins from within. It is difficult to respect others when you struggle with respecting yourself, so I have included that at the very beginning of my rules followed by other people and our classroom. This rule is broad and covers our treatment of all of the people who come into our room as well as the physical objects and setting of the room. Part of our discussion of this rule will be defining respect with behaviors that align with this rule.

2. Be on time, on task, prepared to learn and listen everyday. #nofreedays #turntopage394

I don’t intend to assign much homework. For this reason, our in-class time will be precious, and I will need to be strict about timeliness, having materials, and paying attention. If my students cannot do these things, then their work will need to become homework, which provides a natural consequence which will hopefully encourage them to follow this rule.

3. Be responsible for myself, my learning, and my actions. #nocheating #earnhousepoints

Similar to my previous rule, the students will need to act in a way that allows us to work effectively. This means having ownership of their actions, organization, and learning. I can not be everywhere and with everyone at once, so they will need to begin to develop tools of self motivation and responsibility.

4. Help maintain a clean environment, even if it isn’t my mess. #notyourmom #scourgify

We are teaching future adults and leaders and people who need to care about this planet and other people. I want my classroom to be a place that is clean, not just because it looks good and I want them to be safe, but also because this teaches my students to pick up after themselves and others without hesitation. It is important to teach our students that they must think about things outside of themselves.

5. Keep all personal electronics out of sight and silent. #onlywithpermisson #silencio

In the age that we live in now, I expect many of my students will have cell phones and other electronic devices. I have no issue with these devices being brought into my class, particularly in light of the concerns we must have these days about school violence. Cell phones can be an important tool in those situations and for every day busy students and their parents to communicate. I am not okay with them being used in my class without permission though. It is distracting, prohibits learning, and is a way to cheat. This rule must be adapted to fit the school rules as well.

classroom rules middle school

I hope that these classroom rules help to provide you with a starting point for developing your own rules. Once you have completed this task, make sure that you align your consequences with your rules!

If you would like a printable version of my class rules, you can get that heading here. 

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  • Ann Goldenberg

    Thanks for these rules! They are concise and clear, but they cover everything! And the hashtags are great!

    August 9, 2018 at 11:40 pm Reply
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