My classroom expectations are pretty much the complete opposite of what you're "supposed" to do. When I was a new teacher I learned that you were supposed to only have like two or three rules- things like be respectful and be responsible- and the rationale was because everything really fits under these categories. I think this sounds great in theory (and I'm sure there are tons of teachers making this work) but it just didn't work for me.
Maybe it's the math person in me, but I don't do well with vague. I like things that are clearly defined. Two years ago when I had hit my limit with my difficult kids I sat down and just started writing EXACTLY what was appropriate behavior because they clearly had no idea. Another teacher on my team had started using something similar and it was working. This was what I came up with.
This way, when they did something I thought was not ok there was no conversation or arguing, I could just point to the wall and say "During class you need to stay in your seat and you got out of your seat. That's not ok." And then move on. I'll usually give them one or two warnings and then a consequence. End of story. They can't argue with me about they weren't doing anything because everything is so clear.
I would also usually always talk with the kids after class or during lunch or something. I always try to talk to kids the same way I talk to my peers. This is something I feel strongly about. The kids that I work with DO NOT do well with being talked down to. I don't just give them detention, but I explain that although they might not think walking to trash can 5 times is a big deal what they didn't realize is that 3 other kids stopped paying attention while they walked by. And I explain that it makes it really difficult for me to do my job when that is happening. I tell them that I really want to make sure that everyone understands what's going on and when things like that start to happen other kids get confused and even I get distracted from teaching and that can get to be a problem for everyone.
The thing is though that I don't have time to have that conversation during class. So I opted for rules that don't allow any arguing during class. Actually they don't call it arguing do they?
For this year, the rules got typed up and photocopied nice and big for the wall which is much more my style. This picture is terrible, but you get the idea.
They also have a copy that goes in their ISN.
I know that this is not exactly the "right" way to do rules, but it's what works for me. Am I the only one or is there anyone else doing something similar?