HELP! Okay, here's the deal. I am currently working very hard to find a position for the coming school year. My certification is for grades 1 through 5. I know what my preference is (3-5), but I will accept just about any grade to get my foot in the door. And who knows? Maybe I'll love whatever grade for which I'm hired! Anyway.... I have pretty much decided on my classroom rules. There are only six (#1 is "Keep your dear teacher happy!"), and they are specific yet general enough to cover most situations in most grades I think, so I'm okay there. What's got me stumped is PROCEDURES. How can I develop procedures for anything if I don't know what grade students or subject I will teach? Just about the only procedure I will have for certain is that there is no talking in the hall, and I know how to practice that one with the students. Everything else is so dependent upon the age of the students! For instance, I probably won't do attendance or lunch money the same way for 1st graders as I would for 5th graders. Shouldn't procedures for older students give a little more autonomy (some would say rope with which to hang themselves ) and responsibility? I plan on having classroom jobs (although not a classroom economy yet), but again, they would differ between age groups. Procedures like tornado or fire drills would be the same regardless of age. Maybe I'm over-thinking this! I can't figure out how LONG some tasks should take. Should I give 1st graders 60 seconds to clear their desks? How long will a student need to be in the bathroom (if there is one in the classroom) before I get concerned or irritated? How long should it take to pack up to go home? To unpack in the morning? I know that one of the things that most of my new teacher friends have said is that their principals were looking for strong classroom management skills. Help! Aaaaarrrrggghhh!