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Classroom Etiquette by Community College of Philadelphia on YouTube

Classroom Etiquette

When you're participating in a class or in a discussion during a meeting or any group gathering, there are universally accepted ground rules.

We have included some of the more common rules here. However, your professor or facilitator may have a different set of expectations. Some will allow participants to create guidelines for the group to follow.

The goal is to be respectful of other ideas and other people.

No one has to agree with every idea, but everyone should have the opportunity to be heard.

  • Be on time.
  • Don't make or receive phone calls or use any personal electronics.
  • Everyone should participate.
  • All participants are created equal.
  • Only one person may speak at a time. Don't interrupt others.
  • Raise your hand to be acknowledged before you speak.
  • Listen to others' ideas without judging.
  • Clean up after yourself. Dispose of any trash and take your belongings with you when you leave.

What additional rules would you add?

Which rules would you take away?


Source: Introduction to Planning and Facilitating Effective Meetings. NOAA Coastal Services Center/NOS Special Projects