One of the most important parts of successful discipline is the way that rules are handled. I think that most people would agree that rules are an essential part of any successful class. The question, then, is how to deal with them. I think there are three types of rules that should exist in any successful classroom:
(1) Rules with immediate consequences
(2) Rules with eventual consequences
(3) Rules with no consequences
Some may say that too many rules are not good for students. I have had many debates with people who think this way. I will have to respectfully disagree. The reality is that the world is full of rules. Some have formal consequences, some do not. We are babying students if we think that they will automatically be overwhelmed if they have more than five for ten rules. Students are better off getting used to dealing with them sooner than later.
I am going to be talking about each of the three kinds of rules in future blogs. Stay tuned!
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