You would think that arriving to class on time, dressing appropriately for school and not talking in the classroom are common sense rules that all students know. Unfortunately, they're not rules that all studenst abide by. You would be surprised (unless you're a teacher) at the number of students that are unaware of basic classroom etiquette. Having classroom etiquette benefits everyone in the classroom. The classroom rules vary for each teacher and class. However, there are some basic classroom etiquette rules that should be followed at all times, no matter who the teacher is or the classroom you are in.
What is etiquette? Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within society, social class or group.
The dos and don'ts of classroom behavior.
- First and foremost, show up and be on time! Unexpected things happen in life so it's understandable that a student may be late for class once or twice. Any more than that is unacceptable. Late arrives can be distracting to the teacher and the other students. If you arrive late, enter the classroom quietly and try not to draw attention to yourself or disrupt the class. It's considerate to approach the teacher after class and give an apology and an explanation. Most teachers will be understanding and will appreciate your apology.
- Don't talk in class. Talking in class is not only disruptive but it's rude too. Even whispering and quiet conversations on the side can be distracting to the teacher and other students. Talking in the classroom should stop as soon as class starts.
- Turn off your cell phone. If your phone does ring in class, refrain from answering it and shut it off immediately. If you are expecting an important phone call then put your cell phone on vibrate and inform the teacher that you are waiting for an important call and that you may have to excuse yourself from the classroom if your phone rings.
- Pay attention. Even if you're board with the lecture or subject, don't take out a book and start reading, play with your phone, do homework from another class or fall asleep.
- Turn your assignments in on time. Teachers appreciate student who turn their assignments in on time. Additionally, turning in your assignment late can hurt your grade.
- Don't eat or chew gum in class. This is rude and distracting to the people in the classroom.
- Dress appropriately. It is not uncommon for a teacher to dismiss a student from the classroom because their attire is inappropriate for school. You should not wear hats, sunglasses or obscene clothing in class. In addition to dressing appropriately, dress for comfort rather than for fashion. If it's cold outside wear a sweater rather than freezing in a fashionable tank top.
- Excuse yourself. Say "Excuse me" if you burp, sneeze, cough or pass gas. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough so you don't spread germs. Don't go to class if you are sick. You don't want to pass your sickness on to your teacher and classmates, nor would you want them to do that to you.
- Be prepared. Make sure you have all your assignments and the supplies you need BEFORE going to class.
- No bullying! Not only is bullying against school rules but some states have laws in place to protect people from being bullied. So yes, you can actually be arrested for being a bully.
- Be respectful to the teacher, your classmates and the classroom equipment.
- Have manners. Say please and thank you, don't talk out of turn, show appreciation, don't interrupt, don't use profanity and never insult anyone.
- Ask for help when you need it or when you don't understand something.
- Don't leave class early without informing the teacher. Let the teacher know before class starts that you will be leaving early. You may want to sit in a seat near the door so you can slip out quietly without disrupting the class.
This digital notepad can digitally capture what you write on paper. With it's handwriting recognition software it can record the notes you take on regular paper, and allows you to have your classroom notes in digital form. The notes can be downloaded into folders on your computer or laptop.
Using a rolling backpack can help to prevent shoulder and back pain that can be caused by carrying heavy school books.
The school supplies needed depends on the student's grade level, classes and teacher requirements. Here is a basic school supply checklist.
- Pencils, pencil sharpener and erasers
- Paper clips
- Notebook Paper
- Construction paper
- Lunch box