Behavioral Expectations

What to Expect - from our day and of the students

"In an effective classroom STuDEnTs should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how'' Harry Wong 

Procedures are important to our classroom management as they will help students handle our transitions and other tasks throughout the day. Procedures offer structure where otherwise, there could be chaos. Teaching these procedures takes instruction, modeling, and practice in for mastery. Students need to learn of the procedure, see it done correctly and incorrectly, and then practice it themselves. Some procedures take longer than others to master, and that is OK.

Here is a look at a few of our procedures that are important for our days. Students will be taught the why and how of our procedures as they are learning the steps. Our procedures are meant to streamline our day with purpose and safety for all. Our classroom handbook will have the full list of procedures, rules, and expectations fully written out.

             Procedure 1. Starting the Day Procedure 

  1. Students will verbally great me at the door with a hug or high five.
  2. I will sign students in for attendance at greeting.
  3. Students must enter the room quietly and keep their hands and feet to themselves.
  4. Students will take their bags to their desk and take out homework, daily binder, and any other items to remain at their desk for the day.
  5. Bags, lunch box, and water bottle will be placed in their assigned cubby area.
  6. Students need to complete daily binder work for the day at their desk.
  7. Finish any “under construction” work from prior days at their desk
  8. Silent reading in a comfortable location around the room when prior desk activities are completed until morning announcements.
  9. After morning announcements, return to desks quietly to start the next part of the day.

            Procedure 2. Transitions Procedures

  1. Students will quickly and quietly come to attention where they are when the transitions sound plays.
  2. Students will follow directions once given.
  3. Students will keep hands, feet, and comments to themselves.
  4. Students will return to their desks quietly and listen for instruction for next activity.
  5. Once directions are given, students will quickly and quietly take action.
  6. Students will keep hands, feet, and comments to themselves.

This procedure will be key for movement from one activity to the next around the room. Signs for “quickly and quietly” will be randomly placed around the room as reminders.

Procedure 3. Drink/Bathroom Breaks 

  1. Students will wait until lesson instruction is complete request a personal needs break (bathroom, water, or nurse) unless it is a true emergency.
  2. Students will raise hand for teacher attention.
  3. Restroom will be kept clean with papers in trashcan and toilet flushed. Sink will be kept neat with soap and water spills wiped up.
  4. Hands will be washed after restroom visit.
  5. Water bottle will be returned to proper location.
  6. Break will be timely.
  7. Break will not interrupt others from their tasks.
  8. Student will return to their task quickly and quietly.

This procedure is to ensure instruction and the class is not interrupted for the student’s personal needs, unless in the case of an emergency on the student’s part. ​​​​​​​

Procedure 4. Computer Procedures - Digital Citizenship

  1. Students will use computers at approved times during the day (when lesson requires it or after work is completed and teacher approves of use). 
  2. Students will follow the rules laid out in the “computer use policies” they signed at the beginning of the year.
  3. Students will immediately alert the teacher to any questions, misuse, or issues with the equipment.
  4. At the end of use, students will properly return the equipment as they found it, plugged in, clean, turned off.

            Computer procedures will be taught to incorporate the school computer policy that they will be required to sign at the start of the year. Classroom                     procedures will be taught as a lesson prior to any computer use with me modeling proper use of the equipment. The lesson will consist of an online                   video about digital citizenship to help incorporate further awareness of appropriate computer and online use. Students will need to show their                             understanding of the procedures through practice and modeling of their use. Incorrect use of the rules, procedure, and other important factors                           associated with using computers will result in re-instruction and possible loss of privilege. Teaching the students proper digital citizenship is                               important in order to maintain their safety the best that we can.