In the classroom I would have only a few, yet very important rules. However, I would not call each one a “rule.” Rather, I would call each one a “Secret to Success.” My first secret to success is to always be on time to class. Tardiness is unacceptable and is a non-verbal statement that the student is not ready to learn. Each student must be in their seat before the tardy bell rings. If they are not in their seat, they are not ready for success. Secondly, each student must bring their “keys to drive to success.” Their keys are the class supplies such as their book, writing utensil, paper, or anything else that we would need on a daily basis. Like a race car, if a student does bring their “keys” they can sit in the car of success, but they cannot go anywhere. Third, each student must listen. This may be the most important secret to success. If anyone in the room is speaking everyone must listen and not speak. Whether a student or teacher is addressing the room, that person has the floor and shouldnot be interrupted or talked over. This technique is a great way for students to respect each person in the room. Fourth, each student must respect each classmate’spersonal space. Each student needs their own space in which to work, concentrate, and operate general classroom procedures. Each student needs to stay in their own space to be successful. Lastly, to have success in my classroom, a student must maintain an open mind. Often times throughout a semester, students will discuss a wide range of topics. Many of these topics can be controversial and touchy subjects. Students can successfully engage in learning if they open their minds and allow ne w ideas and thoughts. This set of five keys to success will be set in stone. However, I will always allow my students to add to our list of student’s success keys at any time.
The Teacher Stare
The polite tap on the desk to stop the behavior.
I will ask the student to stop the behavior...