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How do I introduce classroom procedures/routines in a fun way?

Aug 10, 2014 7:21pm

I really want to set expectations for the year, but I don't want to read off a PPT on day one. Does anyone have any fun/interesting ways to introduce expectations? Although I love the idea of kids creating their own rules, I'm not sure it would work for what my goals are...

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    • Aug 16, 2014 9:46am

      Have your students act out a routine without talking. Then have the rest of the class observe and share all of the parts of the routine they saw. Ask if anyone would do the routine a different way if steps that you want to include were left out. Have that student act that way out too. Ask the class for input if they agree or disagree. Write the steps they noticed on a chart to keep up in the classroom. Refer to it, by saying something like "remember when Steve came into the classroom at the beginning of the day"? It might be fun to video tape them for open house when sharing the expectations with families.

      • Aug 16, 2014 8:44pm

        One thing that I do on the first day of school is have students role play the morning routine. I put laminated pictures of things that they might bring in their backpack to school. Some examples are: book, homework, lunch money, note, toys, cell phone, etc. 5 at a time we have students take their bags out and come in the room...the rest of us check to be sure that they 1. greet the teacher and other students in class, 2. open their backpacks and put things where they belong., 3. get pencils and desk ready for class, and 4. sit down and read. It really does help them to remember that important routine to start the day right!

        • Aug 16, 2014 9:29am

          As an early childhood teacher for 18 years, it is a must that introduce procedures in a fun way so young children will want to do procedures. I make songs and chants out of my procedures... And that has really made it engaging so that they can remember them. Hope that helps?

          • Aug 19, 2014 12:33am

            After our routines are established (two weeks), I enforce sustained silence when they enter the room. They have to get their routines completed without saying a word.

            • Aug 18, 2014 8:03pm

              For middle school students,creating their own reader's theatre and performing for the others is not only a great collaboration experience,it drives the procedure home through several modalities of learning. Each small group takes a different procedure to perform.

              • Aug 22, 2014 12:52pm

                Thank you all for your suggestions! I love the ideas.