Setting expectations in the classroom

Sian Evans
11th August 2016
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Resources to help establish rules and rewards for learners of all ages

With the new academic year approaching, it is the ideal time to think about how to establish behavioural expectations so that the lesson you spent hours preparing for isn’t ruined by low-level disruption. By explaining rules and rewards from the very start, it can help learners understand and respect boundaries before bad habits start to emerge.

We’ve selected a range of primary and secondary resources, from display posters to reward charts, that give you the opportunity to explain class expectations in an engaging, visual way.

Primary resources

Capture young learners’ attention straight away with this clear carpet rules poster and ensure that pupils know what is expected of them as soon as they sit down. For older students, avoid any confusion about expectations, rewards and sanctions by displaying and making constant reference to these posters outlining your classroom procedures.

Establish the behaviour required to learn in a safe, respectful environment with this resource pack, which contains numerous statements about what the class as a whole are expected to do. And don’t forget to explicitly spell out what good looks like with these behaviour tips, so that learners are encouraged to reach for rewards.

Secondary resources

From the outset, inspire positive behaviour in your classroom, rather than focusing on negative statements, using this resource pack. Or, try setting out school values and classroom expectations on this concise, visual poster, available in English, French and Spanish.

Once rules are understood, motivate students to follow them, encourage friendly competition and promote teamwork with this colourful rewards and incentives chart. Finally, you can formalise the expectations you have of your class with this behaviour contract, which helps students to acknowledge the agreement they are making in order to improve their learning environment.

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