Self Assessment Paradigms Structure Balance
Getting StartedClassSyllabusCommunicateLibraryHelp!
ESE502 : The Class : Structure : Rules


Rules and procedures provide structure for the classroom. How are they different?

Rules address ethical issues, and address the common good.

    They are global and overarching
    They assist in the development of a safe learning environment
    They apply to everyone in a just community
    They express norms or expectations
    Keep rules:
    • Brief
    • Positive
    • Global
Sample Rules
K-3rd Grade 4th-6th Grade Middle School High School
Respect one another.
Do your best.
Be Fair.
Do your best.
Be Real.
Do your best.
Share your strength.
Do your best.


Do you currently have rules posted?

What purposes do they serve? keep control
build community
fulfill a district requirement
structure the classroom
provide norms
______________________ (add your own ideas)

Did the students help develop the rules?

Do students support the rules?

Would you be interested in student input about the rules?

Do parents know of the rules?

Do the rules apply to everyone equally? To the teacher, too?

As you learn about rules and procedures, revisit your classroom rules and consider updating them.


Do the exercise, Explicating Norms to help decide on the rules and procedures you find important in personalizing the structure in your classroom.

Once you read this assignment, you should:

Go on to Balance of Power
Go back to Readings

E-mail J'Anne Ellsworth at


Copyright 1998 Northern Arizona University