"In teaching others we teach ourselves" - Proverb
The first day of class is usually the best time to introduce classroom routines and procedures. These procedures don’t need daily reminders after a few run through but maybe a weekly or bi-weekly refresher will help any snags along the way.
- Practicing to line-up: We will go over lining up procedures before each transition to leave the classroom.
- Discussing classroom rules and consequences: This will be a whole group discussion and everyone will be able to share their opinions on these issues.
- Locating supplies in the classroom: This is important to go over so that there is less interruption during learning time if they know when the appropriate time is to get supplies or have supplies ready.
- What to do when you’re finished with work: Many students finish work early so having other worksheets or quiet activities to do ahead of time will not interrupt other working students.
- Hallway behavior: We will do a few run throughs during the first week of school to be sure everyone knows the expectations when we are in the hallway and how to behave.
- Fire drill and lock down procedures: Schools usually have their own set times and days for fire drills and other safety procedures but it’s a good idea to go over it with your class ahead of time just to know and be aware of what to expect.
- End of day procedures: We will do a few practice drills on what to do at the end of the day and what time to get their backpacks and personal belongings together and separating bus drivers, car riders, and walkers into separate groups in the classroom.
- Optimizes instruction time
- Less disruptions
- More social skills
- Builds a community and engagement
- Ability to meet individual student needs (visual, hearing needs)
- Allows learning environment to operate efficiently
- Desk arrangements allow collaboration among students
- Areas will be clearly labeled
- Areas will have appropriate activities
- There are clear movement paths (no clutter)
- Students will watch a video on digital safety (https://lc-ugrad3.gcu.edu/learningPlatform/externalLinks/externalLinks.html?operation=redirectToExternalLink&externalLink=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.edutopia.org%2Fblog%2Ffilm-festival-digital-citizenship )
- Students and parents will sign a contract to practice digital safety
- Class will discuss why digital safety is important
- Students will re-enact unsafe situations and how to make the situation safe
Using culture in meaningful ways:
- Allow students to share their culture (traditions, holidays)
- Allow class presentations of students cultures
- Decorate the classroom to show multicultural respect
- Find ways to incorporate lessons with culture