One of the rules in my third grade classroom is respect your school, classmates, and others. When I introduce this concept in the beginning of the school year, I do not simply state the rule and then expect my students to follow through automatically. There is work between introducing the rule of respect in my classroom and actually seeing students demonstrate that respect.
When it comes to classroom management, I always say never assume. Never assume that your students know what you mean when you say, “show respect.” You must always be clear and specific.