I go back n forth with getting the kids to come up with the class rules v. stating them. Advice for urban middle school?
I agree I have switched my plan to whole brain teaching.
I personally state my rules, but I call them guidelines and expectations. Sometimes a guideline is a better term for those issues that can’t go step by step by the rules: there are extenuating circumstances that only I know and the rest of the group needs to respect that. Expectations are those “rules” that are good for any class: Raise hands before speaking, Don’t speak when someone else “has the floor” (teacher OR student), etc…..
I don’t know if this was what you were looking for, but that’s my contribution to your question!
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