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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
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
during the first days and weeks of school.
ACTIVITIES THAT MAY REQUIRE PROCEDURES
Turning in Work
Getting Students’ Attention
Transitioning to and Participating in Groups
Going to the Media Center, Specials, or Assemblies
Going to Lunch
Throwing Away Trash
HOW TO TEACH PROCEDURES
procedures separately from content, if possible.
Explain why the procedure is important.
Check verbally for understanding
the procedure for your students.
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
Bright Hub - Establishing Classroom Routines & Procedures
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