5 Steps for Creating and Implementing a Code of Conduct– Dr. Sharer

Expectations are based on beliefs people have and the behaviors used to act on those beliefs. The manner in which behaviors are inititated can be described as procedures and the beliefs a person uses to make decisions can collectively be thought of as a code of conduct.

Step 1 Identify Expectations as Behaviors and Beliefs

Write Your Expectation for Students in Your Classroom:


Label Each Expectation as Either a Behavior or Belief


Sort and Create Two Lists - Behaviors and Beliefs


Step 2 Organize Beliefs

Take Each Belief and sort them into categories.

Example categories:

  1. Common ideas for Caring
  2. Ideas for Communicating
  3. Common Ideas for Respecting
  4. Common Ideas for Resolving
  5. Common Ideas for Taking Responsibility

The categories for your beliefs will become your code of conduct.

Prioritize the Beliefs in each category from most important to least important.

Decide to create a statement for each category or combine them. Also will the code of conduct be written for the class as one including teacher, students, and guests or a separate code for teachers and students.

Write the code of conduct.

Step 3 Organize Behaviors

Decide or come to consensus on which behavior in your category is most important or in what order each should be taught.


Step 4 Decide how to teach behaviors

Decide which behaviors are to be taught, create a Social Skill Chart, and Teaching Procedure for each and include the following:

Behaviors for the Lesson:

How it relates to beliefs:

Outcomes: At the end of this lesson students will have done what?

List the essential steps of the behavior or skill.

How will it be modeled accurately?

How will it be used with examples of when to use what?

Step 5 Relate Behaviors to the Code of Conduct

List the Code of Conduct items and match the list of behaviors.

Example: Code of conduct item - Everyone in the classroom will help each other learn. Behaviors Active Listening; Showing Respect; Sharing; Taking Turns.


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