When you were a student, how did you know what to do to succeed? Thinking back on my experiences as a student in the classroom, I was best successful when classroom procedures and routines were clear and consistent. How are you expected to succeed without knowing first what the expectation is? Would you expect that of your students? Setting up classroom procedures and expectations is the foremost important step a teacher can take during the first weeks of school — and the research supports this.
These are my top tips in creating a successfully managed classroom through clear and concise procedures, so you can truly teach and your students can learn to their maximum potential. Classroom procedures are important for all levels – middle school, high school, and elementary.
Tip 1: Brainstorm all the procedures
The most important step you can take in creating procedures and a classroom management plan that WORKS is thinking of absolutely every detail. Create a list of all the procedures your class will need to know, such as where do students put their belongings? What do they do when they need water? What is expected when they are done with their task?
When creating and establishing procedures, it is so important to be clear and to really know what you want this process to look, feel, and sound like. If the teacher is unsure of what he or she is expecting during a procedure, how are students held accountable to it?
Tip 2: Do ALL the research!
There are so many brilliant resources out there about classroom management and establishing procedures.
A couple of the books I recommend are The First Days of School – MUST READ for all teachers! Wong and Wong do a fantastic job of explaining why procedures and clear expectations are super important in the classroom. AND they dig into how to effectively teach your procedures during the first weeks of school to your students too!
I also recommend checking out THE Classroom Management Book, also by Wong and Wong. This book is a companion to the aforementioned book and it really teaches how to be an effective teacher with classroom management skills.
Tip 3: Consistency is KING
My last (and probably most important) tip is to be consistent with whatever procedures you choose. When incorporating procedures and routines within the classroom, it is super important to provide consistency for your students. Be consistent in routines, schedules, expectations, you name it. Being consistent will not only help your students know what to expect, but will also help YOU know what to expect and save your sanity a little!
BONUS Tips: Distance or Hybrid Learning and Organization
Classroom procedures are just as important during distance or hybrid learning models. Parents and students need to know the expectations during any form of schooling. All of these top tips can be used to create classroom procedures for ANY model of school or teaching.
Organization of procedures is also super important. Use a systematic approach and thoroughly think through each procedure. This will ensure you don’t miss anything, leave out any important details, or forget any important procedures. Visualize what it would look like in the classroom and make sure it would be a good fit.
You can check out my Editable Classroom Procedures pack here (hint: this is the EXACT classroom procedures checklist I’ve used year after year!). It even includes a classroom procedures template to make the process easy and quick for you!
There you have it – my top tips for a successful, well-managed classroom that will help you teach your heart out and your students to live out their potential. You now have the tools needed to start on your own set of classroom procedures! Wondering where to begin?? Click here to gain access to my full workbook on creating classroom procedures.