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June 2017

Your Class Rules

By Randy Sprick and Randi Saulter

Summer is a great time to reflect and engage in continuous improvement in the area of classroom management. If your school has Guidelines for Success, reflect on how your classroom rules support those broad goals. (If your school doesn’t have Guidelines for Success, consider developing them for your own classroom. Then plan how you will teach those guidelines along with your rules.)

Develop (or plan to have your students help you develop) three to six specific classroom rules. These rules will provide the basis for acknowledging appropriate behavior and implementing consequences for misbehavior.

Design lessons to teach the rules using positive and negative examples.

Develop correction procedures. As appropriate, use precorrection, positive practice, proximity, gentle verbal reprimands, discussion, humor, praise for students who are behaving responsibly, and positive feedback when the behavior improves.

Provide positive descriptive feedback.

Example of Classroom Rules Lesson Plan

  1. Post the rules.

  2. Explain the rules. Link the rules to your Guidelines for Success.

    One of our Guidelines for Success is “Be responsible.” Our first class rule is “Follow directions.” When an adult in the classroom tells you to do something, your job is to do what he or she asks you to do—quickly and pleasantly. Following directions will help you get your work done, learn, have fun, and besafe. Following directions shows that you are being responsible. Explain the rules. Link the rules to your Guidelines for Success.

  3. Demonstrate, discuss, and/or have younger students role-play each rule. Use positive and negative examples, with feedback and discussion after each example.


For more information, see CHAMPS: A Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management (2nd ed.)


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