Rules are made to maintain the discipline of a specific place for the long run. Rules and regulations of all institutions vary. A classroom is where students sit for quite a long time and are supposed to listen, learn and grow into intelligent and disciplined human beings. Basic classroom rules are mandatory for all. But some classroom rules and expectations vary from class to class and teacher to teacher. Each teacher has their teaching methods and strategies, and the same is the case with the type of subject taught in the class. However, the common goal of a disciplined classroom is to introduce new things to the students and help them understand the concepts. Today we have made a list of classroom rules for schools and online to help students practice discipline and learn better.
How to create classroom rules for students
If you are a teacher, you can assign a task to your students to create a list of rules that everyone should follow in the classroom or school. Doing so will give you a better understanding of students’ mindsets, like which type of rules they are willing to obey. Discuss the rules with all school teachers and build a similar vision or purpose of setting the rules. Most students follow the things that they see others doing. For example, if a teacher is strict about the ‘punctuality’ rule, he should always be on time, which is how rules remain valuable. If the teacher does not respect the rules, students will also not. Furthermore, announce the consequences of obeying or disobeying rules like a specific reward for the one who will abide by all the rules throughout the session and a punishment for the one who will cause trouble. Also, don’t force students to obey the rules; portray them creatively so that students ultimately follow them.
List of classroom rules for schools
Before listing down all the classroom rules, it’s obligated to each teacher to share the importance of a disciplined class to their students and be aware of how following rules can be beneficial for them and their fellow mates. It is how an institute brings responsible beings to society. When a teacher asks their student to follow the rules strictly, they are teaching them the art of living a disciplined life.
Following is the list of classroom rules for students:
Have a friendly attitude
Stay in your seat
Keep the classroom tidy
Don’t be noisy
Follow teacher’s instructions carefully
Be a caring friend, don’t backbite
Don’t use smartphones or other technology during lectures
When a teacher enters the classroom, greet them
Share and cooperate with your class-fellows
Be respectful of each other’s ideas
Don’t use informal slangs
Show up with a complete dress code
Listen to your teachers carefully
Use ‘please’ and ‘thank you more often
Keep your eyes and ears active
Note down all the essential points and finish your classwork on time
Keep your handwriting neat and readable
Keep your attitude positive even when you do not understand the lecture, be patient and ask questions.
In this era of online or private tutoring, teachers or tutors should inform students about the online classroom rules on the very first day of the session. Besides explaining, teachers should post the controls on the online portal to re-read, understand them better and pass them on to the students who missed them.
Keep a strong internet connection
Prepare for class almost 10 minutes early
Keep a necessary notebook, textbook, and pens ready
Choose a study space with no people or voices around
Don’t eat or drink anything during the lecture
Don’t use tobacco or such stuff during class time
Don’t use phones during online class
Don’t play with your class session on
Don’t switch to other internet tabs while taking a class
Wait for the teacher to call out your name for attendance
Keep your video on during class attendance
Don’t interrupt others and teachers during lecture
Don’t send unnecessary messages in the online class chat room
Use the virtual ‘raise your hand’ option to ask questions
Avoid playing music in the background
Keep your Mic mute when not needed
Make sure to keep the recording on during the lecture to listen to it later.
Don’t leave the class without permission.
Ask for a lecture’s recording from the teacher at the end
Note down all the essential points
In case of a bad internet connection, don’t disturb other class fellows. Inform your teachers privately.
To clear the concepts, write down your questions and ask at the end
Submit your assignment and online exams on time
In case of a technical issue, inform your instructor privately.
Final thoughts on classroom rules for student success
Teachers should educate their students about the classroom rules before starting the new session, and the ones who will violate the rule should be held accountable. Educating the students about the rules should be the first lesson of school because a positive environment and surroundings lead to positive and quick learning. An organized or disciplined lifestyle cannot be adopted without following rules or being fully independent. Before handling the list of classroom rules to students, teachers or instructors should mention two first rules: ‘Don’t give up!’ and ‘Don’t break the rules‘ and then explain each rule with examples and how positively it will impact their daily life.
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