Start off the school day with routines and expectations that make students successful. Whether this is your first class or you have been teaching for years, finding the right routine for this year’s students is important. The three ideas below are quick ways to start the day off on a positive note.
Ideas for Morning Routines
Making students feel welcome is important each and every day. Start the morning off by greeting them individually and giving them encouragement or praise. If you know that Sally has been struggling with math this week, say something like, “Sally, I am so proud of you for how hard you’ve been working on math this week! I can’t wait to help you today!” Those quick five seconds will help ease Sally’s anxiety about the day and get her excited about math. Never underestimate the powerful impact your words have on your students.
1, 2, 3
After students have been greeted, have them follow a 1, 2, 3 routine. This simple routine is a great way to get them immediately focused:
- Bags and coats away.
- Lunch Report
- Journal Jumpstart
After students have put their belongings away and indicated on the lunch board whether they are buying or have brought, they will learn to get out their journals and start writing or drawing about the journal prompt that is displayed on the board.
Students love to write on whiteboards. There is something about dry erase that just gets them excited. If you have a large dry erase board in your classroom, have students write their names on the board to sign-in for the day. Another twist is to have them write their names and something they are excited about learning that day. If you do not have a large dry erase board, have students sign-in and write their answer on small boards. During morning meeting, have students quickly share what they are excited about learning. It is a great way to quickly build enthusiasm and focus for the day.
What are some of your favorite morning routines? Do you use the same ones year after year or do you change them based on your students? Share with us below!