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Norms have been devised and maintained by every society throughout history as way to regulate the behavior of its members Accordingly certain actions are regarded as acceptable when they are in agreement with the rules while other actions are considered unacceptable when they are in violation of the rules Some of these rules have been written down and have severe punishments when violated these are called formal norms The ones though we encounter more often are informal norms They are not codified yet are widely accepted and understood by all members of that certain society Because norms vary from society to society behavior that is considered inadmissible in one society may be satisfactory and common in another In order for the people in the society to accept and follow the norms presented to them they must be aware of certain penalties that come with braking the rules Such discipline is brought about with the pressure of sanctions Sanctions are enforced in two different ways positive sanctions reward people for proper behavior and negative sanctions punish those who engage in misconduct For my observations school became a group of societies that is each classroom was considered to be its own community with its own norms values and sanctions I viewed how teachers either stuck by the rules they promised to enforce in the beginning of the school year and compared them to the teachers that looked the other way when they saw their students brake the same rules During the first week of school each teacher gives out a list of the rules that applies in their room coming to class on time doing your homework participating in class no eating no calling out and no cutting are usually among them These are the norms that are set by every teacher Though the sanctions each uses are different My first period teacher is used to most of his students showing up at the
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