The one thing I *HATE* about the first few weeks of school is that kids don’t know how things operate in my classroom. It sounds all bad and bossy, but man! It all goes so much smoother if we all just follow the plan. When kids learn and get procedures, it is just like things click into place.
So today we are going to focus on just that- procedures.
I posted my first day of school lessons and you may have noticed that I really embedded the teaching of several procedures into the day. I think it makes things easier and more meaningful for kids.
One of the FIRST procedures I teach is where is the bathroom and how to ask to go. I go over this pretty much as soon as the bell rings. Can you imagine being in a setting where you don’t know the rules for basic bodily functions? Shudder.
Then I share where the Kleenex and water fountain procedures as well. This is a good time to throw in the time for lunch and snack, too. Get those basics knocked out first thing!!
Over the last few years I have been adding to the list of procedures that I teach at the beginning of the year and I refer to it each and every year. Usually I keep a clipboard with my lessons, how kids go home form, and the procedure list. I check them off as we go over them!
Do you want to see all the fun things I teach? Here is a list AND a suggested sequence for teaching them.
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion settings. She is the owner and creator of Mandy’s Tips for Teachers website (www.mandystipsforteachers.com) and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She is married with two beautiful children.