Classroom Etiquette for Students

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There are a few standard rules that every student should observe at all times when it comes to behavior in the classroom.

Respect Others

You are sharing your classroom with several other people who are just as important as you. Don't try to make others feel embarrassed. Don't make fun of others, or roll your eyes, or make faces when they are speaking.

Be Polite

If you must sneeze or cough, don't do it on another student. Turn away and use a tissue. Say "Excuse me."

If someone is brave enough to ask a question, don't laugh or make fun of them.

Say thank you when someone else does something nice.

Use appropriate language.

Keep Supplies Stocked

Keep tissues and other supplies in your desk so you'll have one when you need it! Don't become a constant borrower.

When you see your eraser or your pencil supply shrinking, ask your parents to restock.

Be Organized

Messy work spaces can become distractions. Try to clean your own space often, so your clutter doesn't interfere with the classroom work flow.

Make sure you have a space for storing supplies that must be replenished. This way you will know when your supplies are running low, and you won't have to borrow.

Be Prepared

Maintain a homework checklist and bring your finished homework and projects to class with you on the due date.

Be On Time

Arriving late to class is bad for you and it is bad for other students. When you walk in late, you interrupt the work that has begun. Learn to be punctual!

You also risk the possibility of getting on the teacher's nerves. This is never good!

Special Rules for Special Times

While the Teacher is Talking

  • Look at the teacher to make eye contact unless you're writing notes.
  • Don't whisper
  • Don't pass notes
  • Don't throw things
  • Don't laugh
  • Don't make funny faces to make other people laugh

When You Have a Question

  • Wait for your turn to ask a question. If someone else is speaking, simply wait with your hand raised (or whatever process your teacher requires).
  • Don't say "me, next" or "oh" when you're waiting with your hand raised. You will be noticed!

When Working Quietly in Class

  • Don't hum or fidget to distract other students.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Don't brag if you finish first.
  • Don't make rude comments about another student's work or habits.

When Working in Small Groups

Respect the work and the words of your group members.

If you don't like an idea, be polite. Never say "That's dumb," or anything that would embarrass a classmate. If you really don't like an idea, you can explain why without being rude.

Speak to fellow group members in a low voice. Don't speak loud enough for other groups to hear.

During Student Presentations

  • Don't try to distract the speaker.
  • Keep your eyes on the speaker.
  • Don't make rude comments.
  • Try to think of a question if the speaker invites the class to ask.

During Tests

  • Remain quiet until everyone is finished.
  • Don't get up and walk around unless it's absolutely necessary.

Everybody likes to have fun, but there is a time and a place for fun. Don't try to have fun at the expense of others, and don't try to have fun at inappropriate times. The classroom can be fun, but not if your fun involves rudeness!