Chapter 10

Rules should be flexible as students change during

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Unformatted text preview: ly for younger students (Bauer & Shea, 1999; Jones & Jones, 2001; McQueen, 1992). • Rules should be flexible. As students change during the year, you should revisit and modify rules as necessary (Miller, 2001a; Nakamura, 2000). • Discuss the rules with students. Help them understand the rationale for the rules and why rules are important. If necessary, teach the students what they need to know to follow the rules. For less experienced students consider providing practice with following the rules (Cangelosi, 2000; Jones & Jones, 2001; McQueen, 1992; Savage, 1999). • Enforce the rules consistently from the very beginning. This communicates to students that you intend to follow the rules (Campbell, 1999). Also, rules are more likely to influence students’ behaviors if they are connected with consequences for breaking or following the rules (Bicard, 2000) • Consider involving your students in setting up the classroom rules. Although this may take additional time, especially with younger students, students may be more likely to accept and follow rules that 6 they had a ro...
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