Rules, Routines, and Standards

Teachers say what they mean and mean what they say. Students learn this through practice and training. In teaching routines, it is important to have high standards for everyone.

Routines are important and eliminate wasting time. An example is bell work. The students come into the classroom and immediately begin working on their bell work for the first ten minutes of class. This structured work can be done independently and eliminates any serious problem in classroom management.

Classroom Rules

Power Teaching Classroom Rules for First Grade 

1. Follow directions quickly.

2. Raise your hand for permission to speak.

3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.

4. Make smart choices.

5. Make your dear teacher happy.


In the classroom there are two basic types of rules. They are general rules and specific rules and routines. General rules are the expectations for good work and good behavior in the classroom. Specific procedures and routines spell out exactly how it will be achieved.Routines must be taught and practiced. This is time consuming in the beginning of the year but the hard work pays off in the end.

Communicating your standards to your parents is important. I would send a letter home to the parents the first day of school by welcoming them, setting guidelines, rules, and expectations for the class. I would express that I have high expectations for all students in class.Having an open and positive relationship with the parents is the key to a positive and successful year.

The video below is an example of Rules, Routines, and Standards for a Kindergarten Class.

"Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad." Proverbs 29:17 (NLT)

The relevance to the scripture is students who are disciplined correctly know that they are loved and will be respectful.