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.