Setting up good classroom routines from the start is the key to a successful year. Not only does it provide students with a sense of security in the routine, but it also keeps your classroom running like a well-oiled machine. If you are new to teaching, or simply need some ideas for the routines you should establish, the five suggestions below are sure to help get you started.
Must-Have Classroom Routines
When students enter the classroom for the first time each morning, what can they expect? Establish a routine that has them putting their backpacks away and then starting on an activity right away. This allows them to quickly become focused and ready to learn.
Get students used to making their lunch choices known from the start. Use a pocket chart to establish a routine where they indicate whether they are buying lunch or eating one from home. You may want to incorporate this into your morning routine before they begin their first activity.
Homework Collection & Distribution
What should students do when they bring papers back in from home? By establishing a turn in, pass back system, students will always know where those homework papers go. Assign a student to pass them back at the end of the day for easy distribution.
Set aside a time at the very beginning of the school year to describe the classroom job process. By making students responsible for the care and cleanliness of the classroom, they are much more likely to be invested in their space. Not only does it teach them about responsibility, it also helps to create a team spirit. If you have more students than jobs, double up and have them complete the tasks as a team.
End of the Day
Who rides the bus home? Who walks? Who gets picked up by their parents? What happens if someone has a different routine one day? Establish a clear end of the day routine that visually shows how each student is getting home. By using a pocket chart, if a student’s usual routine is being altered, you will know that at the beginning of the day. This will help the end of the day run a lot more smoothly.
What are some of your favorite and most essential classroom routines? Is there one that you cannot live without? Share it with us below or on the Really Good Teachers Forums!