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1COMMUNICATING EXPECTATIONSAileen CarmonaCommunicating Expectations AssignmentEDF 3251March 3, 2015Florida International University
2COMMUNICATING EXPECTATIONSIntroductionClassroom rules and consequences are imperative for the students’ academic success. Teaching rules to students and outlining the benefits of working within them, is a critical up-frontinvestment of a new teacher’s time and energy. Teachers might spend the first three weeks of school reinforcing those rules but, all those weeks will pay off. Rules are an important part of your classroom management plan. Rules help promote appropriate student behavior, prevent student misbehavior, and create a sense of order and predictability in your classroom. Rules, and your explanation of them, tell students how you expect them to behave. Consequences outline what would happen if students chose to break the rules. Strategies for reinforcing good behavior, both intangible and tangible, enhance a student’s desire to make the right behavioral choices and follow your rules.Procedures for Developing Classroom RulesWhen developing classroom rules it is beneficial and effective to include students in the process. On the first day of school, the teacher should create the classroom rules with his/her class. The teacher can guide the students into creating the rules that he/she had in mind. To introduce the classroom rules assignment, the teacher might want to play a short YouTube video based on the subject to capture the student’s attention. After the children have watched the video, the teacher can ask a series of simple questions to get the students thinking about the importance of implementing classroom rules. Then, the teacher and students can begin working on the creation of the rules and discuss the rules importance and purpose as a class. Culturally diverse students must be included in the rule creation process as well. If teachers have a non-English speaking student in their classroom, they must accommodate the student in order to encourage their participation in the activity. The teacher can successfully accomplish this by,
3COMMUNICATING EXPECTATIONShaving students act out the rules. Teachers can also, sit the child next to a English speaking student who may translate and assist the culturally diverse student with the rule creation process.Six Positive Classroom RulesKeep your hands to yourselfRaise your hand when asking a question, and wait to be recognized to speakSpeak using low voicesTake turns and wait for your turn patientlyKeep your desk and belongings neatBe respectful and helpful