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.