I selected a report by “The Teaching Professor” which outlines ten aspects of effective classroom management, as I am interested in how to formulate ground rules on the first day of class. One useful tip included establishing a classroom ethics contract which includes such aspects as respect to the instructor while speaking, attendance policies, adherence to assignment deadlines, and policies on turning off cell phones during class. I believe this type of contract would improve my instruction, as ground rules would be set, and I can easily refer to the signed contract if any of the students disrespect the rules.
Weimer, M. (no date) 10 Effective Management Techniques Every Faculty Member Should Know. The Teaching Professor. Retrieved from http://orgs.bloomu.edu/tale/documents/FacFocus_ClassroomManagement.pdf