School Rules for TEACHERS!

The Hidden Rules Teachers Need to Know

Just as with any work environment, there are hidden rules when you work in a school. Here are a few you need to know before you walk in the door on your first day:

  • Follow rank order---ask a teacher on your team, ask your lead teacher, ask the assistant principal, then the principal. Wherever you get your question answered, stop.
  • IF you are told to do something, or asked to do something by your superior, assume it’s a directive and get it done.
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  • Be on time--that means a few minutes BEFORE an event or meeting is scheduled to start. Time is a premium in education, so every second counts. Waiting for people or having to catch people up because they were late is a real turn off.
  • Make your due dates---most administrators really hate it when teachers don't turn in the things they ask for in a timely manner. It creates more work for them and seems disrespectful.
  • Dress professionally---Said the students, “I need you to be my teacher, not my peer.”
  • Don’t leave campus during conference periods.

  • Be back from lunch ON TIME.
  • Sign in and out daily, including when you leave for lunch. That list is used in emergencies such as fires.
  • Never leave your students unattended by an adult.
  • Show up for duty assignments, ready for duty, not grading papers.
  • Never call in the day you need to be off unless you or your child wakes up “dying,” vomiting or with a fever. Go in.
  • Always give prior notice if you are going to have to be out for an appointment or some other personal reason. That means ask for permission.
  • SHOW UP for faculty meetings, and listen respectfully. Bring supplies to take notes. Follow through.
  • Maintain emergency sub plans with meaningful activities. Keep easily accessible.
  • Get permission before you use videos, movies, network or cable TV in your classroom.

  • School procedures are in place for a reason. Follow them and teach students to as well. 

ALWAYS, ALWAYS keep your cool and be respectful to all.