My Room, My Rules

Update (July 28th, 2011):  This is a rant, not a list of rules. To see a rough list of “rules” or “guidelines” in an alternative school see my post “Alternative School Classroom Management Techniques.”  Feel free to make comments. As a matter of fact, it would be appreciated. It doesn’t take much and it means a lot.

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So I just got turned on to a new blog today (Rantingwoman.com). Reading one of her posts reminds me of something I was just thinking of this week at school: my room, my rules.

Each teacher is different and each teacher’s classroom management style is different. Our school’s walls don’t go up to the ceiling, so we can pretty much all hear what is going on in classrooms around us. It’s quite annoying to be honest. But you get used to it I suppose. It definitely serves as a distraction to the students though.

What really ticks me off though is when a fellow teacher feels the need to intrude into my class because of a perceived discipline problem. I am much more laid back than a couple of teachers in the school. I have those things that will get you written up just like they do, but I certainly don’t intrude into their classrooms.

Next year when we move into our new building with walls that go up to the ceiling, I’m going to make a sign that says: “My Room, My Rules.”  It won’t be for the students, though they’ll think it’s for them. It will be for the other teachers.

The only reason I say nothing right now is because it’s my first year and because we’re usually in front of students when it happens and it would be inappropriate to do so.  However, next year? Different story. And just remember: I’m not a timid 22/23 yr old just entering the work force. Being in the military taught me to wait for the opportunity (hat tip to Sun Tzu and Machiavelli).  I’m biding my time.  I actually believe when we move into the new building with walls this will cease to happen as much as it does now.

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2 responses

  1. Howdy Eric,
    Good idea! Read something similar from Don Surber:
    “My blog, my rules.”

    I also think it’s a great idea for your students to be able to see objective printed rules, that are consistently applied. That is a big element of creating enough structure for the learning teaching/process.

    Best Regards,

    PS: thank you for your service to our Country!

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    1. Thanks CAPT Mike! I’ve not looked at my blog for the last few days. Working on some plumbing. I agree that printed rules are very effective and indeed I do have my three main rules printed (Be punctual, be respectful, be responsible). I go over the rules with each new student I receive individually as well. Occasionally, I’ll remind them of the rules as well if I feel it needs to happen. The specific cause of this post though were other teachers. Oh man, talk about annoying the heck out of me.

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