It is hard to plan expectations or rules for a group of students you haven’t met. Especially when you are not sure what grade or population you will be working with as a first year teacher. In this post I wanted to target the first year teacher; since I will be one soon too!
-Ideally you should try and keep the expectations/ rules for the room at 3-8 and grow them if needed. More than that is hard to follow and remember. If you overload students with 30 rules and procedures about the classroom PLUS the lunchroom, bathroom, nurse, and hall all on the first day it’s a lot! They will not remember it all and you can’t really expect them to either.
-What are your must have rules or expectations? The ones you know you can’t runt eh room without? Do you have a pet peeve that can be prevented with a rule? I really don’t like disrespectful students and need personal space to work. In my room please/thank you, and respecting others personal space will be must have rules. Others,I may come up with the help of my students. What do they need to succeed? Why not ask the class and edit from there!
-It’s important to consider when creating your rules if there are food allergies in the class (including yours)! Can students have snack? What is ok to have for snack?
This is just a small list of many things to consider when planning setting up classroom expectations. Check this out for more tips!
*What is your classroom must? What do you consider when planning classroom rules and expectations?
Learn and Grow,