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Establishing Classroom Norms, Rules & Procedures

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Thomas Shepard

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Transcript of Establishing Classroom Norms, Rules & Procedures

General Ideas
Procedures and Routines =
describe specific behaviors that help realize the rules.

Even when rules and procedures are well-designed initially, they must be reviewed and adapted as time goes by.

Review is necessary when students seem to be systematically violating or ignoring a rule or procedure.


When the bell rings, quietly find your assigned seat, and be ready to learn with the proper materials out.

Raise your hand to be called on before speaking.

Leave the classroom cleaner than what you found it. This includes desks, chairs, the floor, and shared areas.

Leave the science lab cleaner than what you found it.

When the bell rings, line up on the left-side of the door after you have gathered your belongings.

Norms & Rules
General Ideas
general expectations or standards regarding student behavior.

-establish at beginning of term
-reminders throughout year
-continually add and/or alter as needed
-explain the reasons behind the rules
-enhanced if students have input in design
-employ only 5-8 rules and procedures at the secondary level.

5 areas of consideration:
1. general classroom behavior
2. beginning/ending of school day/period
3. transitions and interruptions
4. use of materials and equipment
5. seat-work and teacher-led activities
1. Treat each other with respect. Treat others the way you would want to be treated.

2. Make the classroom a place of learning.

3. Students should not disrupt concurrent group lessons or work by other students. (Rationale: Because assignments require careful thinking and concentration).
General Behavior:
1. Be in assigned seat at start of class.
2. Bring required materials to class.
3. Respecting and being polite to others.
4. Respecting people's property.
5. Don't talk out of turn.

Begin/End Class Period/Day:
1. Be on time (attendance).
2. Assignments must be turned in on time.

1. Leave and enter the room quietly.

Norms & Rules
The establishment of norms, rules, and procedures at the beginning of a school year is critical in effectively managing a classroom in which learning can take place.

"The #1 problem isn't discipline,
it's the lack of procedures and routines."
Harry Wong
Establishing Classroom Norms, Rules & Procedures
Tom Shepard
Amir Seltz
Jan 15 Cohort 3
Tom will be teaching middle school science and math at American Academy of Casablanca (AAC) in Morocco.
Amir will be teaching middle school and high school science in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Student Involvement
Student Involvement
-Spend time at the beginning of the term making sure students understand, accept, practice, and are able to execute the rules and procedures.

-Rules and procedures are enhanced if students have input into their design.

-After stating a general rule, have the students come up with specific behaviors, routines, and processes to ensure these rules are followed.

-Also include students when reviewing, adapting, adding, or eliminating rules and procedures.
Student Involvement

Rule, stated by teacher:
Don't talk out of turn

Procedure, elicited from student discussion:
Raise your hand to be called on


Students and teacher agree that it's difficult to get a lively discussion with hand-raising; as a class we decide to have discussions without hand-raising, only to be reinstated if noise becomes too distracting.
Student Involvement

- Discuss with students the logic and need for rules and procedures.

- Important: have students develop reasons why the rules and procedures are important for our science classrooms. If they understand the why, they'll be more likely to adhere.

- Give a general rule, then have classroom discussion about related procedures.

- Post rules and procedures on class wall for future reference.

- Develop a teacher/student contract for the code of conduct and rules/procedures for class.

- Schedule classroom meetings for 10 minutes every other Friday as an opportunity for the teacher and students to bring up issues related to classroom management.
1. Marzano, Robert (2007). The Art and Science of Teaching. Retrieved from http://www.teachnowprogram.com/get_help_resources/activity_resources/module4/The_Art_and_Science_of_Teaching.pdf.

2. Teaching Channel (2012). Setting and Achieving High Expectations. Retrieved from https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/prioritizing-classroom-management?resume=0.

3. Teaching Channel (2014). Setting the Tone from Day One. Retrieved from https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/setting-classroom-tone.

4. YouTube. "If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching" (May 3, 2014). Soul Pancake channel.
How will we involve the students in this process?
standard of acceptable behavior
statements of what is not allowed
Specific behaviors that are expected
We understand the importance of developing positive interactions with our students
starting on Day 1.
Similarly, we now know how important it is to
begin the year
with norms/rules and procedures.
This Prezi will look at some examples of norms/rules, procedures, and how students will be involved in the process.
Soon, we will be teachers...

And it'll be the first day of school...

What do we want that day to look like?
Classroom Rules and Procedures
Source: Marzano, Gaddy, Foseid, Foseid, & Marzano, 2005
Norms & Rules
Norms & Rules
Norms & Rules
Use of Materials:
1. Respect everyone's property.
2. Handle science equipment with care.

Group Work:
1. Quiet, efficient movement forming and dissolving groups during class time.
2. Participation in groups. Rotate responsibilities when possible.

1. Give attention to speaker.
2. Participate.
3. Ask for help or clarification if unsure of expectations or objectives.
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