Ron Clark’s Essential 55
Rule 1: Respond to adults with “Yes ma’am” or “No sir”.
Rule 2: Make eye contact when someone is speaking.
Rule 3: Congratulate the winner or when someone does something well.
Rule 4: Respect other students’ comments, opinions, and ideas.
Rule 5: If you win, do not brag; if you lose, do not show anger.
Rule 6: If you are asked a question in conversation, ask a question in return.
Rule 7: Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and say excuse me.
Rule 8: Do not show disrespect with gestures.
Rule 9: Always say thank you when given something.
Rule 10: When you receive something, do not insult the gift or the give.
Rule 11: Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness.
Rule 12: When grading other students’ papers, give only the correct grade.
Rule 13: Follow along when we read together in class.
Rule 14: Answer all written questions with a complete sentence.
Rule 15: Do no ask for a reward.
Rule 16: You must complete your homework every day.
Rule 17: Subject transitions will be swift, quiet, and orderly.
Rule 18: Be as organized as possible.
Rule 19: When homework is assigned, do not moan or complain.
Rule 20: When a substitute is present, all class rules still apply.
Rule 21: Follow the specific classroom protocols.
Rule 22: You may bring a bottle of water to class, you may not leave for a drink of water during class.
Rule 23: Know other teachers’ names and greet them in the hall by name.
Rule 24: Keep yourself and the bathrooms clean and germ-free.
Rule 25: Greet visitors and make them feel welcome.
Rule 26: Do not save seats in the lunchroom.
Rule 27: Do not stare at a student that is being reprimanded.
Rule 28: Call me if you have a question about homework and leave a message-once.
Rule 29: Follow the ABC's of the etiquette.
Rule 30: After dining in the cafeteria or elsewhere, be responsible for your trash.
Rule 31: In a hotel room, leave a tip for the hotel workers who clean your room.
Rule 32: On a bus, always face forward.
Rule 33: When meeting new people, shake hands and repeat their name.
Rule 34: When offered food, take only your fair share.
Rule 35: If someone drops something and you are close to it, pick it up.
Rule 36: Hold the door for people rather than letting it close on them.
Rule 37: If someone bumps into you, say excuse me, even if it was not your fault.
Rule 38: On a field trip, enter a public building quietly.
Rule 39: On a field trip, compliment the place you are visiting.
Rule 40: During an assembly, do not speak or call out to friends.
Rule 41: At home, answer your phone in a polite and appropriate manner.
Rule 42: When returning from a trip, shake the hands of every chaperone.
Rule 43: On escalators, stand to the right, walk to the left.
Rule 44: When walking in line, keep your arms at your sides and move quietly.
Rule 46: No talking in a movie theater during a movie.
Rule 47: Do not bring perfume or anything scented into the classroom.
Rule 48: If anyone is bullying you, let me know.
Rule 49: Stand up for what you believe in.
Rule 50: Be positive and enjoy life.
Rule 51: Live so that you will never have regrets.
Rule 52: Learn from your mistakes and move on.
Rule 53: No matter the circumstances, always be hones.
Rule 54: Carpe Diem.
Rule 55: Be the best person you can be.