Classroom Rules and Procedures for Middle School

Instructor: Derek Hughes

Derek has a Masters of Science degree in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum.

Classroom rules and procedures for middle school are important for both helping your students learn independence and maintaining a safe learning environment. This lesson will provide you with some strategies for middle school classroom management.

Middle School Management

Mr. Smith is a sixth grade teacher at ABC Elementary and is getting ready to start the new year. This will be Mr. Smith's first time teaching in middle school. His previous experience was in high school classes. Mr. Smith knows that classroom rules and procedures for middle school students need to strike a balance between closely guiding student behavior and fostering student independence.

With strategies and examples from Mr. Smith's class, this lesson will help you design your own classroom management plan (the rules and procedures) for middle school.

Fostering Independence

By the time students get to middle school, they have already had several years of experience with classroom procedures and rules. Therefore, your rules and procedures can be designed to allow students more independence in the classroom. One way to foster this independence would be to include students in the planning of classroom rules and procedures.

Allowing students to help plan classroom rules and procedures does not mean giving them free reign of the class. There should still be plenty of guidance from you, the teacher. However, middle school students already have years of experience in the classroom and might have their own ideas about how a classroom should run. By letting your class write the rules and procedures, they will be more independent and more likely to follow the rules.

In his classroom, Mr. Smith allowed students, as a class, to discuss how they felt the classroom should run. With some guidance, Mr. Smith's class came up with a clear set of procedures for how they should enter the classroom, where they should turn in completed work, and various other daily activities. Because the students designed these procedures, it gave the students more independence to take care of things around the classroom.

Classroom Rules

Mr. Smith's students also contributed to writing the classroom rules. However, Mr. Smith also guided the students more closely in this discussion. He knew that his middle schoolers might try to push the boundaries. Therefore, while he wanted them to take part in writing the rules, he also made sure that the rules reflected what he required of the class.

In much the same way as Mr. Smith's rules, your classroom rules should be written to foster independence but maintain order. The usual rules that require students to raise their hands and be respectful of others should still be in place. These rules should be written to keep students from taking advantage of the independence the classroom procedures give them.

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