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Establish classroom rules

teaching practice

For student year

Preschool – Year 12

Helps students to

  • know what is expected
  • understand consequences
  • Helps teachers to

  • set classroom expectations
  • respond to behaviour
  • Summary

    Some students, including those on the autism spectrum, may not understand the ‘hidden curriculum’ of social and behavioural expectations of your classroom. Establishing and clearly communicating rules helps students understand classroom expectations. When students understand what is expected of their behaviour, the classroom becomes a productive working environment.  This practice will explain how to establish and reinforce class rules to support all students to understand what is expected when learning.

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    This practice is from the core research project