Creating and maintaining a positive environment where
learning can take place is the obligation of all members
of the school community. The school environment should
allow learning through mutual cooperation,
understanding, and respect for the rights,
responsibilities and privileges of everyone at school.
If these rights, responsibilities and privileges are to
be maintained, and the obligation to create a positive
learning environment is to be fulfilled, an acceptable
and consistent manner of conduct in the classroom is
Arrive on Time
If your teacher
permits you to enter class late, enter as quietly and as
unobtrusively as possible. Do not greet friends, noisily
shuffle papers or move your desk or chair suddenly.
Do Not Schedule
Other Activities During Class Time
If you must leave
before the end of the class, inform your teacher before
the class starts. Random exits and entrances are not
acceptable and disrupt the class. Take care of personal
needs before class.
Adopt a Positive
Go to class with the
attitude that you are there to learn. Participating in
the classroom activities in a positive manner will
enhance your learning.
Make Learning your
Your “business” when
you are in class is learning. It is your obligation to
make sure that you do not disturb others. Know that your
behaviour affects other students in class, both
positively and negatively.
Treat your Teacher
as a Valuable Resource
In class, focus on
what is being said. Concentration is vital. Just as you
would not care to be interrupted if you were making a
presentation, don’t speak while the teacher is speaking.
It’s rude, and ultimately, you’re the one who loses out.
As well, your talking disturbs other students and robs
them of an opportunity to learn. If you hare having
difficulty understanding something, raise your hand or
make eye contact with the teacher. Then wait until you
are acknowledged and ask your question.
Be Aware of your
You may be sending a
negative message without even realizing it. Don’t put
your head on the desk or do homework for other classes.
This body language communicates that you are not a
serious, interested or committed student. After all,
when you talk, you want people to listen to you; so does
the teacher. Your inattentive behaviour is likely to
affect your teacher’s perception of you and may,
ultimately, affect your grade.
Be Aware of how you
Did you know that your
tone of voice and your facial expressions are even more
important than the words used in speaking to someone?
To get the
teacher’s attention, raise your hand or make eye
appropriate moment. Don’t use class time to discuss
your own personal concerns. Don’t interrupt another
person. It is better to ask the teacher when he/she
can see you to ensure that your teacher will have
sufficient time to spend with you.
Don’t start a
conversation with an accusation. Ask the teacher to
review an assignment or test with you if you are
concerned about your grade.
difference between assertive and aggressive.
Standing up for your rights does not include
shouting, threatening or being verbally abusive.
There are positive ways and means of dealing with
problems you may encounter.
Be Aware of your
Choice of Words
Last, but not least, make sure your language is
appropriate for the classroom. This is an educational
institution. Make sure your choice of words is
appropriate. Vulgar language is definitely not
Adapted and used by permission of
Peggy McCoy, Student Services, Vanier College