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Classroom Organisation

Know your rules and routines

Module 2

Sharpening your skills



Establishing and maintaining rules and routines

Remember that classroom rules and routines

  • Must reflect and encourage rights and responsibilities
  • Should encourage pupils to be responsible for their own behaviour
  • Should be designed to teach the pupils how to behave
  • Will take some time to establish
  • Will be most effective when positive and simple
  • Are inextricably linked to rewards and consequences

You will need to

  • Be a good role model for your pupils
  • Adopt a quiet, calm and positive manner and attitude
  • Learn how to be assertive not aggressive
  • Learn to say “No” confidently
  • Learn how to set boundaries. Be fair and consistent in applying them
  • Learn to keep your cool and not over react to low level and inappropriate behaviours
  • Be firm but fair and give lots of praise (when it is deserved)
  • Know your simple set of classroom rules, inside out
  • Work positively with your agreed list of classroom rules
  • Be clear in using and maintaining them and recognise when pupils are doing better than they have before
  • Teach pupils how to use them appropriately in class
  • Listen to pupils and use their feedback to make rules and routines work better
  • Know the classroom consequences that can be applied if rules are not kept
  • Show a confidence that you can influence and deal with different types of behaviour
  • When unacceptable or inappropriate behaviour occurs focus on the behaviour and refer to the rules (and why you have them) do not denigrate the person

Things to do

  • Click here for a set of Positive Language statements to use with your pupils (8.9)