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In this episode, we explore the vital role that establishing consistent routines and procedures in the classroom has on the overall learning environment, particularly for middle school students – although all students benefit from this!
The Power of Routines and Procedures
The discussion kicks off by highlighting the connection between routines, student comfort, and the learning community. Students, regardless of their age, thrive when they know what to expect. Routines and procedures provide this much-needed structure, creating a foundation for active participation and engagement. Beyond individual connections, these practices build a sense of community within our classrooms.
We can’t assume students know how to navigate the intricacies of a classroom. Taking the time to intentionally teach procedures, whether it’s turning in assignments or utilizing technology, is crucial. By explicitly instructing and practicing these routines, confusion and chaos can be minimized, leading to a more efficient and focused learning environment.
Key Classroom Routines and Procedures
- Entering and Exiting Procedures
- Beginning of Class Routine
- Materials and Supplies Management
- Smooth Transitions between Activities
- Effective Group Work Expectations
- Guidelines for Cell Phone and Technology Usage
- Absences and Make-up Work Procedures
- Emergency Procedures
Taking the time early on to establish routines and procedures is an investment that pays off throughout the year. By providing predictability and structure, we create an environment where students can thrive both academically and emotionally. These practices lay the groundwork for a successful academic year and contribute to building a strong community of learners in our classrooms.
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