Every classroom and every teacher has different rules about acceptable behaviors. These can range from technology usage and hand raising to in class chatter. At the beginning of the year, Mrs. Stephens lets her students brainstorm and create a list of acceptable behaviors in her 8th grade class.
Mrs. Stephens uses Socrative Short Answer to ask:
When should you raise your hand?What do you do when you need to use the bathroom?
What should you do when other students are speaking?
What should you do when the teacher is speaking?
When are you allowed to speak to the person next to you?
When is it okay to use technology?
Let students work in pairs to reflect on acceptable behaviors.
Mrs. Stephens projects the answers onto the board anonymously, so that everyone feels free to participate. She highlights themes and builds a collective responsibility to meet everyone’s goals.
With some extra time left in class, Mrs. Stephens groups students into teams, assigning a rule to each. Every group makes a poster that represents the rule using diagrams, words, or pictures. Each student then presents their poster and hangs them on the wall to refer to for the next few weeks.