Procedures and Routines for Next Year

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  1. Amers

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    I've been searching the forum for tips on getting organized and planning for my first year. I've found lots of wonderful tips and advice, so I thought I'd go ahead and pose this question to you all!

    I'm working on my procedures and rountines for my 5th grade class for next year. I'm making procedures for:

    Morning Routine
    Homework Policy
    Class Rules/Consequences
    Hallway procedure
    Bathroom/Drinks procedure
    Dismissal

    What am I missing? As a first year teacher, I'm sure there's something I'm overlooking! :thanks: :love:
     
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  3. shasha379

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    Routines for Room 212.(Sorry it's rather long)

    What do I do when I enter the classroom in the morning?
     Come in quietly
     Unpack books, homework, letters etc for teacher
     place homework folders in homework basket
     place letters/notes for teacher in tray on teacher’s desk
     Sharpen pencils(sharpener closes at 9:15 unless permission given to use).
     start morning work
    What do I do during announcements?
     Complete Morning Work
     No walking
     No talking
     No sharpening pencils
    How do I line up when leaving the classroom? Cafeteria? Media Center?
     When students are leaving the classroom they are to line up in alphabetical order.
     When students are leaving any other place in the building alphabetical order is not necessary
    How should I walk down the halls?
     Students must stand in the second white square from the wall.
     The hallways are quiet zones. NO talking permitted.
     We will walk down the hall in a single file line.
    How am I expected to behave when I am not in the classroom (Specials, cafeteria, Media Center etc)?
     Students are to respect all adults in the building.
     Talking in the halls is prohibited
     Students will talk quietly during lunch, and follow all cafeteria rules.
    What are the routines and procedures for the restroom?
     Our designated breaks are 8:45, 11:30, and 1:10 unless there is an emergency.
     All water bottles must be filled during this time
     There will be a boy and girl monitor
     Monitors must check the bathrooms before and after use.
    What do I do if I finish my work early?
     Read quietly
     Take an A.R. Test
     Visit the Media Center
    What do I do when Ms. Jones is meeting with small groups?
     C3B4Me(Ask at least three students quietly before asking Ms. Jones)
     Complete your assignments quietly at your seats
    What do I do at dismissal?
     When the announcements come on everyone must freeze
     After announcements we will pack-up two tables at a time
     All chairs must be stacked in their proper place, and nothing on the floors.

    These are just a few of the routines I go over on the first day of school. I'm still working on it.
     
  4. Ms.Fatima

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    Love the C3B4Me, I bet it helps minimize questions. I'll def give it a try!
     
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    Don't forget:

    Lunchroom procedure
    Sharpening pencils
    transitions
    getting their attention in the room
    getting their attention at recess
    procedures for assemblies
     
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    drills (fire, tornado, earthquake, lock down)
    heading papers
    numbering students
    lunch choices in the AM
    recess rules
    keeping desks clean
    homework/classwork folders
    writing homework assignments
     
  7. pwhatley

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    What about 5th grade classes that are departmentalized? I'm assuming (which I try never to do) that you have to go over procedures with each class period?
     
  8. Amers

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    Thanks, everyone. I knew I would forget things or take for granted that students know certain things (a big no-no, I know). That's why I'm doing this now, rather than waiting until the last minute!

    We do team teach at my new school. I am the science teacher, so I will definitely need some ground rules for experiments. I know I'll have to go over things twice for the second science class.
     
  9. Upsadaisy

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    Great outline of routines, Shasha.
     
  10. shasha379

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    Thanks. After reading what everyone else said I had to add a few things.
     
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    when can students throw out trash
     
  12. lisascs

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    I have found the book, "The First Day of School", Harry Wong. to be very helpful in establishing and implementing procedures and classroom management. I would higly recommend the purchase of his book.
     
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    Upsadaisy, what would be your advice?
     
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    What to do when I'm stuck (on an answer or project).
    What to do if I feel sick.
    What to do when there's a substitute.
    What to do when I have free time.
    What to do if I get hurt.
    What to do if I see someone doing something wrong.
    What to do if I forgot my lunch.
    What to do if I get wet.
     
  15. lisascs

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    Postcards to students

    Has anyone sent your students a welcome postcard prior to school starting in the Fall? What about a letter to the parents? If so, was it a success and what did you say to the students?
     
  16. Upsadaisy

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    We have to call the parents to remind them about Back-to-School Night which is the Thurs. night before school starts (the following week). This will be in August - I wish it didn't start until fall.
     
  17. lisascs

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    We also have a Open House 2 days before school actually starts. Following the Open House the next day, I meet with the parents for a conference. Then school officially begins the next day.
    I am a new teacher this year and I thought the kids would enjoy receiving a postcard from me welcoming them back to school. I remember getting mail as a kid and loved it. I read this idea in Harry Wongs book and thought it was great. I just wanted to know if anyone esle did the same thing.
     
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    Wow. At first I was getting confused when y'all would mention Back to School Night or Open House, etc., because you were talking about before school was in session. See, around here, Paren't Night / Back to School Night / Open House comes after school starts. Sometimes we're lucky if it is scheduled before the end of the first 9 weeks!
     
  19. Blondie617

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    I had an idea for another topic with which procedures should be emphasized. Procedures should be briefly touched upon concerning substitute teachers. Students should know from the get-go that if you have to be out for some reason, they are to follow all procedures "as is" and all rules apply 100% as they do on a "normal" day.
     

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