Here are 3 Easy steps to get you started with classroom procedures:
1. Model Classroom Procedures
2. Practice Classroom Procedures with Students
3. Continue to Model and Practice Classroom Procedures
Every time a student does something incorrectly, you know it is because they have not learned the classroom procedure. After the first month is over, you can start asking your students, "What is the procedure?", and they should be able to tell you.
Classroom Procedures May Include the Following:
- How to enter the classroom in the morning (hands at your side, mouth closed)
- What to do when you enter the classroom (put your backpack at your desk, sharpen any pencils you have, go to breakfast, get started on the morning work)
- What to do if your pencil breaks (quietly go to the pencil bucket and trade your broken pencil for a sharp one)
- What to do if you need to use the restroom (hold one finger up if you need a drink, hold two fingers up if you need to use the restroom. If I shake my head yes, go ahead. If I shake me head no, wait 10 minutes and ask again.)
- What to do when the bell rings (put all work away, sit up straight at your desk, wait for directions)
- What to do if you have a question (quietly raise your hand straight up in the air without waving it side to side)
- What I will do if I want your attention (I will raise my hand and say, "Give Me Five")
- What to do if you don't understand something (quietly raise your hand, wait until the lesson is finished and come to me in private, put your thumb up at your desk)
- What to do if you have a problem with another student
- How to line up for lunch (hands at your side, in your pockets, or behind your back, standing up straight, ABC order)
- How to walk in the hallway (hands at your side, in your pockets, or behind your back, no talking, facing forward)
- What to do when the phone rings (I usually teach my students how to answer the phone: "Hello, Mr. Luchauer's class, how may I help you." "Yes Ma'am". "Thank you very much".
- What to do in an emergency (depends on the school code and classroom location, but make sure you model and practice NOT SCREAMING when they hear a loud sound)
- How and When to hand in homework
- How to use the computers
- How to check out a book
- How to speak to adults (yes you need to train them!)
- What to do at dismissal
It is also important to establish consequences for not following procedures.
I have always used a 30-minute time block every Friday called, "Fun Friday." At the beginning of the week, all students had the entire 30 minutes. Throughout the week, if students are not following procedures, they lose Fun Friday minutes.