Do you have a classroom code?
Have you implemented a classroom code? If you don't have one, then you might want to check out this post I found on Twitter. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
The best way to establish order is to have laws. For a classroom, those laws come in the form of a classroom code. If you have a code for your classroom, it sets boundaries for your students, telling them from the start what you expect from them and what they should expect from you. Rules only work if they are upheld though. And one way to help upload your classroom code is to create a visual like the one below.
Doodle posted this example of a classroom code on their Twitter profile recently. This poster clearly outlines the rules and expectations that would be required in the school or classroom where it was hung. Not only does the visual serve as a constant reminder for students, but it will also remind you of the rules that you set and need to enforce. Because rules that aren't enforced will not be followed. Having a classroom code will remind you that you need to reinforce your rules.
It's easy to make a quick poster too. And putting it all together could be fun.
Do you have a set of classroom rules? What are some rules on your code? What rules would you add to the code above?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to email@example.com.