Classroom Procedures

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  1. sml522

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    What procedures do you have in your classroom? I'm making a list of procedures I need to develop for my first classroom and worry I may be missing some important ones.

    I'll be a first year teacher so any help is much appreciated!!!
     
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  3. chemteach55

    chemteach55 Connoisseur

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    The biggest help to me is to have one spot for each class to turn in papers. As soon as students finish bell work, I staple all homework that was turned in and anything turned in after that point is considered late. Next year, I am going to haves a sign out book so that I can catch the frequent leavers to go to the bathroom or whatever and time how long they are gone. I also like routine with my class, they know that homework must be turned in immediately upon entering the classroom and then they sit down and begin their bell work. I start a timer for 3 minutes when the tardy bell rings and when the buzzer goes off we begin class by going over the bell work jand answering any homework questions that they have.
     
  4. JustMe

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    I have procedures for just about everything (not rules...just ways of doing things).

    Entering room.
    First couple minutes of class
    Leaving class.
    Submitting work.
    Traveling in halls.
    Really...just about everything. :)

    What do you have so far?
     
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    Look up Harry Wong--I do not agree with everything he says but it gave me ideas about making procedures for things that I never would have thought of. I honestly do not use many of his procedures but it gave me a starting point to decide how I wanted to run my classroom.
     
  6. sml522

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    Thank you both!

    I'll be sure to check in to Harry Wong's book.

    The procedures I currently have are:

    Entering the Classroom
    Quieting the Class
    Incomplete Assignments
    Collection of Seatwork and Homework
    Restroom Breaks
    Moving Around the Classroom
    When You Are Absent
    End of Period
     
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    Pencils
     
  8. Caesar753

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    Nose-blowing. (For real. This year I've had a bunch of easily embarrassed students who evidently find blowing their nose in the classroom to be absolutely mortifying and unbearable. They're always wanting to go out into the hallway to do it....where it echoes and sounds 10x worse than if they had just done it in the classroom.)
     
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    I have the following procedures:
    - entering / leaving classroom
    - collecting / distributing things: I have students with jobs, handing out / collecting pencils, folders, papers, etc. And I have back ups for these guys, just in case they're absent :) I even have one that's supposed to turn the lights off when I show a video, I also have one student who put the sticker on the wall showing how many minutes of p.a.t. they earned. I used to have one who took attendance ( I had 10-11 students, so I always knew if someone was absent, this was just someone remembering to mark them for me)
    - getting out of the seats for whatever reason (tissue, throwing something away, sharpening pencils, etc)

    I can't think of anything else that I could make a procedure for :)
     
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    Emergency/fire drill procedures. I designate a couple of students in each class to go grab a sign with my last name on it and lead the class out of the room on our fire drill route. I have to be the last one out of the room, so I can't carry my own sign.

    I have a "tech table" which is responsible for turning on the TV/Promethean board every day during the start of 3rd period for morning announcements. It's nice not having to think about that or having to worry about it when I have a sub because the students will already know to do it.

    I have turn-in baskets for each class period, so students know to put their completed work into the appropriate basket.

    I go over how to do a paper heading (and I even have a poster showing what an appropriate header looks like). Even at the high school level I find that kids don't seem to realize that they need to put their names on their papers, so this is an important procedure. I have them put their name, date, class period, and assignment title in the upper right.

    I have a specific procedure for attendance. Since my class is a foreign language class, I have them greet me in the target language when I call on them. They have a few different options (Hi, Good morning, Here, etc.). It's a good way to get everyone to say at least one word in the language every day.

    I have expectations for the end of class. Specifically, I tell my students that the bell doesn't dismiss the class, I dismiss the class. They have to all be seated, papers picked up, books stacked or placed on the bookshelf, etc. before I'll dismiss them.
     
  11. Loomistrout

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    Yep.

    Consider:

    Hand signals - question; agree; disagree; not sure

    How to get help - fold an index card (like a tent) and place on desk (this frees students to keep working with two hands versus holding arm up and waiting)

    Free time - what to do if finished or waiting (many discipline problems can be avoided if students are busy versus idle)
     
  12. sml522

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    I'm so thankful for all of your experience. This site has already been a great help. Thank you!

    You've all brought up some things I had not considered.

    The nose blowing issue just makes me laugh. I can remember being in junior high and feeling the same way. :lol:

    I really like the index card idea for questions. I may have to borrow that. :)
     
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    You've got a great list going--I'd add "What to do if you're going to be sick." If it's an emergency--RUN to the restroom so you don't throw up in my classroom! I have never had anyone take advantage of this and have never had anyone throw up in my room....a few kids have ran out, though!
     
  14. JetShack

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    Kids love a routine. They might say they don't, but they do. Establishing that routine will work wonders.

    I run my class with only one hard and fast rule. Stay in your seats.

    I have a set of clickers that I use for attendance every day. The second the bell rings I start a 5 question quiz / bellwork. The questions advance automatically every minute. Once the quiz is finished 5 minutes of class is over. This provides a couple of things. If a student answered all five questions they weren't tardy. If a student answered less than five but more than 0 they were tardy. If a student doesn't answer any questions they were absent. (Our school policy if a student isn't in class within 5 minutes they're absent.) It also gives me a daily grade.

    The next 6-8 minutes is a physics video covering recently covered material.

    The next 5-10 minutes is devoted to questions relating to homework / previously covered material / in general.

    The next 5 minutes is for assignment grading (if applicable) and assignment turn in. I have my kids grade their own papers when possible.

    The next 10-12 minutes has been when I've introduced new material. However I'm planning on flipping my classroom next year. I'm not sure how this time will be used yet, which excites me as it gives me an extra hour every week to instructional time.

    The next 5 minutes is optional depending on time constraints of the given day. If it's available I'll show a 5 minute video over material covered that day or we'll run through an online lab.

    The last 5 minutes of the day are devoted to making sure everything is how they found it. This is the point when they are allowed to get out of their seats.

    I know this schedule is going to change for me next year after the class has been flipped and I'm struggling to figure out how it's going to work, but the idea of having an extra hour of instructional time is just to tempting to not give it a go.

    Anyway, this is how my class runs 2 or 3 days a week. I generally devote 2 days a week to lab activities. Those days there's a different routine but there's still a routine. Test days have a routine all their own.

    I'm lucky enough not to have too many classroom management issues. Probably because I have a fairly intimidating presence (big, bald, and ugly). When I do I've got an awesome administration to take care of them (they know if I send a kid down there it's for due cause).

    I'd recommend determining a routine before determining procedures. Routines solve so many problems.
     
  15. ciounoi

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    Having a procedure for what to do when you are done with work is SO important! You'll want to have something for that.

    I would poke around on the web for procedure checklists, too. I have some but not sure how to upload the links to a post.
     
  16. myangel52

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    - entering the room (read the board, get out required materials for the class period)
    - turning in work (goes in a specific place)
    - where materials are
    - passes for bathroom visits
    - to be dismissed at the end of class, all students must be in their seats and quiet so I may give last minute reminders.
     
  17. Linguist92021

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    Jetshack, I love the routine you have set up!!
     
  18. HWilson

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    I print a table/ excel sheet every Monday. This is where I keep attendance, restroom uses, and homework grades for the week. Basically each student is listed then by their name is 3 small boxes ( 3 restroom passes a nine weeks) when they go to the restroom I "x" a box. Then following that is a larger box to mark attendance for Monday and a smaller box to put their grade for homework. Then the bigger, smaller boxes repeat for each day of the week. This way on Friday I go to the grade book and run down the list and put in all the homework grades for the week quickly ( because its already alphabetized) and then I mark the "x"s in their boxes in the file i print each Monday so I don't have to hand do it each week. I keep these page until the end of the year.

    I may made it sound complicated but it isn't. There are now several teachers in my building that use it too. I emailed them the format and they just filled it in with their students names. If you would like to see just inbox me. I can't send it right now bc my power supply to my laptop is down and I can't get on it but as soon as I run and get a new one I can email you the format as an attachment. :)
     

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