Back to School Class Rules Activity.
Instead of giving a dry presentation on class rules and policies, engage students with this collaborative activity. This is how it works:
Start with your non-negotiable general rules. Included is a poster that has my three non-negotiable rules. You can use these, or edit it to make it your own.
Students work independently on a worksheet to explore their own expectations for the class for academics, the teachers, and classmates, and what rules might facilitate those expectations.
Students then come together and do group work with the provided worksheet, and then the whole class decides on the rules together.
Specific class policies are then given, either via a handout or note-taking on a provided worksheet. You can devise the policies based the class decisions, or write them ahead of time on the provided template.
The last step is a fun quiz that asks specific questions to test students' knowledge of the class rules and policies such as "I didn't finish my assignment. Can I turn it in late?" and "Can I text my friend if we're just working on our assignments?"
Students are much more likely to follow rules and understand policies if they have ownership in them. This is a great first-day activity to set up expectations and the tone of the class.
All pages are editable to suit your needs.
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