One of the secrets to a smooth school year with students is establishing solid classroom routines and procedures.
But where does a teacher start? Which classroom procedures and routines does a teacher actually need?
Here you’ll find examples of essential routines and procedures that will make your classroom management goals a success!
Classroom Routines and Procedures: Examples
1. Sharpening Pencils
- Sharpen pencils before class begins.
- Carry multiple pens and pencils in pencil box or pouch. Never be without needed materials.
- If pencil lead breaks, here are the options:
- Use an extra pencil in your possession.
- Use a pen or other writing tool.
- Ask to borrow a pencil from another student.
2. Transitioning From One Task to the Next
- Stop activities, and be ready to start a new one at the teacher’s instruction.
- When it is time to transition, put away materials for the previous assignment and take out the materials needed for the next one.
It is vital to master this classroom procedure. See tips for transitioning in the classroom.
3. Lining Up to Enter Classroom
- Before entering the classroom, students assemble in the designated area.
- The teacher greets students. Students and teacher then walk together to the classroom.
- Before entering the room, the children stop outside the classroom. The teacher gets students’ attention and gives instructions on the next activity.
- Then the teacher opens the door, and students enter the classroom.
4. Lining Up to Exit Classroom
- Before exiting the classroom, the line leader goes to stand in front of the door.
- After materials are organized, the teacher starts dismissing students by rows, tables, or by groups.
- When all of the students are lined up, the line “caboose” stands at the back of the line.
- The teacher reviews the rules for going to the next location, if necessary.
- As the class moves to the next location, the teacher walks alongside the line.
5. Turning in Assignments and Late Work
- Students write their student number in the top corner of the assignment.
- Learners pass assignments forward to desk at the head of their column.
- When all assignments have been passed forward to the desks at the front of the classroom, either the student monitor or the teacher comes by to collect the assignments from the desks at the front of the classroom.
- These assignments are then arranged into numerical order and placed into a file on the teacher’s desk.
6. Morning Work/Bell Work
What will students do first thing in the morning when they arrive?
- Any morning work will be collected when the bell rings in the same manner that other homework assignments are collected.
7. Recess Procedures
- Students go to recess when they are dismissed by the teacher.
- Children walk in a quiet, orderly line to recess.
- When recess is over, students quietly return to class and resume learning.
8. Lunch Procedures
- Students go to lunch when dismissed by the teacher.
- Walk in a quiet, orderly line to the cafeteria.
- When lunch period is over, students quietly return to class and resume learning.
9. Attendance and Absences
- To avoid falling behind academically, it is important that every student make every effort to show up to class every single day.
- When a student is forced to miss school, it is still her responsibility to find out what they missed while they were absent.
- Students must never interrupt the teacher to ask what they missed while absent.
- It is students’ responsibility to ask teacher after class about what they missed while out.
- It is vital that every student show up to class on time both for their own success and to avoid distracting others.
- When a student does arrive late, it should notated whether or not the tardiness is excused or unexcused.
- The student may not interrupt the teacher’s instruction to ask questions about concepts the teacher reviewed while the student was out of class.
- It is students’ responsibility to ask the teacher after class what they missed while they were not in class.
11. Asking For Help When Teacher is With Someone Else
- If a student needs help from the teacher while doing independent work and sees that the teacher is currently busy helping another student, they must wait.
- Students must signal the teacher either by raising their hand or by placing their “help” sign on the edge of their desk.
- Learners should continue working while waiting for the teacher.
- When the teacher is free, she will come to help the student.
- Consider using the Ask Three Before Me method.
12. Organizing Desk and Materials
- Students keep the surface and inside of desk neat and organized at all times.
- At the beginning of the school year, the teacher sets her expectations for students regarding school supplies and organization.
- It students’ responsibility to make sure they have all class materials every single day.
13. Submitting In-Class Assignments
- When students finish an assignment, they put their student number in the top corner of the page and then place the assignment face down on desk.
- When everyone is done, the teacher or student helper walks through the classroom collecting papers.
14. Dismissal Procedures
- Students sit quietly at their desks and wait for teacher to dismiss them.
- When dismissed, students leave the classroom in a quiet, orderly manner.
15. Eating Snacks
- Generally speaking, snacks are only to be eaten during lunch period. Eating food in the classroom is a distraction, creates more work for custodians, and invites cockroaches, rats, and other pests into the building.
- On special occasions, students eat snacks at their desk. They clean up afterwards.
16. Emergency Drills
- During emergency drills including tornado drills, fire drills, and lockdown drills, students remain quiet and orderly.
- Students are to follow any and all instructions given by the teacher.
17. Bathroom Policy
- Students may use the bathroom during class if teacher permits.
- The best time for students to use the bathroom is before school, between classes, during recess, or during lunch period.
- If an emergency, students go to the bathroom.
- Students take a bathroom pass.
18. Asking Questions
- Students should never interrupt a teacher’s instruction to ask a question not related to the lesson.
- When students have a question, they are to raise their hand. When the teacher comes to a pause, she will respond.
- Consider using non-verbal hand signals to give students permission for bathroom, water, etc.
More Examples of Classroom Routines and Procedures
Following are more routine and procedure examples you may want to discuss with students.
- Behavior Management Plan – What is your overall classroom management system? Is there a school-wide system you can use? If not, consider using the C.H.A.M.P.S method.
- Submitting Homework
- Distributing/Collecting Papers
- Grabbing Students’ Attention – Use fun attention-getters; they work!
- Working in Groups/Independent Work
- Food/Gum/Water in the Classroom
- Classroom Helper Jobs – Things run much smoother in class when each child has a specific duty. Test out these 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom helper jobs.
- Filing Away Notes from Home
- Retrieving/Putting Away Manipulatives
- Technology – Will you allow cell phones in the classroom? Are tablets and laptops permitted in order to complete in-class assignments?
- Where to Place Backpacks/Lunch Bags/Other Items
- Announcements/Morning Meeting
- Visitors – How should students react and/or interact with those who come by the class?
- Lining Up After Recess/Lunch/Assembly
- Going to Student Cubbies
- Storing Supplies (Community vs. Individual)
- Classroom Library Book Checkout System
- Fast Finisher Activities – There are always a few kids who complete all of their work quickly. How will you keep them engaged until the end of the teaching block?
- Formatting Assignments
- Organizing Binders/Notebooks
- Moving About the School/Hallways
- Recording Homework Assignments
- Listening During Read Alouds
- Using Manipulatives
- Visiting Nurse
To keep your classroom organized and running efficiently, implement these helpful procedures and routines.
Properly set into place, these guidelines will offer all students the best possible learning environment.
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