Monday, September 27, 2010

Class rules made by Toyo Gakuen University and Shibaura Institute of Technology students 2010

As usual, at the beginning of each semester, we make rules for our classes. In the box below you can see some rules made by students at Toyo Gakuen University and Shibaura Institute of Technology in the spring and autumn semesters this year.

Some of my favourites are:
  • We should keep a smile on our faces.
  • If we forget our textbook we should make a copy of our friend's textbook.
  • Our teacher must help us get 100% on the test.
  • Mr. Stout must give us a fair grade.
  • The teacher must remember to bring whiteboard markers to class.

In some classes at Toyo Gakuen University, we were in a Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) room, and I asked the students to look at the cartoon I posted on this blog on the 13th of September, and then write some rules for the class by leaving a comment. Click the link to see the cartoon and the students' rules in the comment section. In other classes, I printed the cartoon and showed it to the students. I asked them to write some rules. I made it a race actually. After that we went over the rules correcting grammar, and making some changes to the rules. This was part of the negotiation process (折衝[交渉]過程[プロセス]). In the pictures you will see that some rules are crossed out. That's because sometimes singing and dancing are OK in my classes. I did make a mistake. I crossed out the wrong rule in one of the photos. Can you guess which one?


  1. Hi,

    I enjoyed this post. I primarily teach elementary students and have been looking for a good way to do a 'class rules' lesson. As the students' levels are usually low 'brain storming' sessions aren't really a possibility.

    However, I'm inspired by this post the class rules cartoon you posted below. I think I can put a lesson together with the action vocabulary and then introduce the cartoon and brain storm rules in reverse, if you will.

    thanks for a great post and giving me a lesson idea!!

  2. Hello Kyle,
    Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it - few come unsolicited ;-)
    I'm glad the post helped you come up with a lesson idea, and I hope you'll share it with me once you've put it into action.
    Please stay in touch.