Miranda Walker 9/30/16 Midterm Question 2: A teacher wants to know: Do students behave better in class when they help to create classroom rules or do they behave better when teachers create the rules for them? Reading this question, I would have to say that I believe most kids would be better behaved in a class where they helped make the rules. Students want to feel like their class room is theirs, like their teacher is there for them at all times, but also like their voice is being heard. I think letting students help make their own class rules would give them a sense of ownership. If they are breaking the rules as a teacher, you can say these are rules you created to help make your classroom safe and now you are breaking them. It gives the students a sense of ownership and responsibility I think more than walking into a class room with rules that have already been created. It keeps them accountable. I think a good way to do this would be within the first few days of school sit down with the whole class and talk about having a safe environment for them to learn and think freely in every day, but to do that there needs to be rules, but you want them to feel like they are as much a part of everything going on as you are because the rules are for your students. As a teacher sitting down and listening to what your students feel would make their class room not only safe but enjoyable is going to make your students feel like they are a part of your class and like their voice is just as important as yours is. I think a class of students
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