Procedures & Routines

Contrary to what many people believe, the number-one problem in the classroom

is not discipline—it is the lack of procedures and routines. Classroom

management has nothing to do with discipline. You manage a store; you do not

discipline a store. You manage a classroom; you do not discipline a classroom.

Behavior will rarely become a problem when effective teaching is already taking

place. On the first day of school, you can begin teaching the procedures and

routines that you will use. Never assume that you will have time to tackle bad

behavior later. Becoming an effective teacher depends on classroom

management—especially on the first day of school. Harry Wong.

Check out Harry Wong, First Days of School

The secret to warding off at least some behavior problems is establishing positive classroom procedures for daily tasks and activities. Your students will appreciate your consistency, and once they have internalized classroom procedures, the day will run that much more smoothly.

Of course, choosing the right rules and procedures for your classroom is an individual decision. But be sure to define what you expect of students from the very beginning. Remember to take time to teach procedures during the first days and weeks of school.


· Classroom Entry
· Classroom Exit
· Turning in Work
· Getting Students’ Attention
· Transitioning to and Participating in Groups
· Going to the Media Center, Specials, or Assemblies
· Going to Lunch
· Sharpening Pencils
· Getting Supplies
· Restroom Use
· Throwing Away Trash

· Teach procedures separately from content, if possible.
· Explain why the procedure is important.
· Check verbally for understanding
· Model the procedure for your students.
· Practice the procedure immediately,
using non-judgmental coaching until done correctly.
· Before using the procedure, remind and check for understanding.
· Correct incorrect procedures immediately in a non-judgmental way.

Video about setting procedures and class meetings: setting procedures, class meetings

LEARN NC site for classroom routines and procedures:

Dr. Fred Jones's tips for teaching routines and procedures:

Routines and procedures for managing your classroom by K. J. Wagner

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