Establishing Course Norms
Short exercise to use at the beginning of each semester with a new class to help establish class norms. It is a structured way to get students to buy into class rules in various areas, such as the use of technology, how fellow students should be treated, etc.
Students explain what teachers have done in their best and worst classes and discuss. Then the tables are turned and students have to discuss what students do in the best and worst classes. This helps students to recognize that they have a responsibility in the learning process.