Here's my classroom rules:
1) Don't talk or make noise when the teacher is talking.
2) Raise your hand if you have something to say.
3) Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
4) Follow the school rules.
5) No back talking or disrespect to anyone!
These pretty much cover the basic Christian tenets, "Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you," and "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
A classroom is a theater of learning, not a babysitting session. If a teacher is busy disciplining, he/she is losing valuable teaching time. Most of the desirable behavioral traits and characteristics teachers expect are things the children should be learning or should have already learned at home. But, even if they have learned them, it's a whole different story when they rub elbows with other children their age. When kids get together they want to play and fool around; they want to test the boundaries of established limits and restrictions. What one won't think of another one will. That's why strict classroom rules have to be established and enforced.