How to Run An Effective Classroom
Start by thinking about the classroom procedures that you want the children to know. This will guide how you set your room up, how you teach curriculum and where the year will go.
I divide these into three groups: what the children need to know the first day, what they need to know the first week, and what they need to know the first month.
Some procedures to think about are:
- sharpening pencils
- how to line up
- where student materials go
- how to move centers
- where to put papers
- what to do with homework
I make a list every summer, and then start sorting out when to teach each procedure. I actually write them into my plans so none are forgotten.
If you don’t teach, re-teach and model the procedure, the children won’t do it.
If you are unsure what procedures you will need, ask around your school. Most schools have their own set of school-wide procedures about lunch, fire drills, dismissal and morning routines. These will be a good jumping ground to start.
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