We all know that routines are the lifeblood of any successfully running classroom. I have written already this summer about some of the routines I teach, including Morning, Restroom, and End of the Day. The thing is, though, that in order to have a successfully running classroom, you need a routine for almost EVERYTHING. More importantly, they have to be routines that work well for you and for your students. You may even have to adjust or completely revamp routines part way through the year if it becomes clear that they are not working as well for this group as they did for last year's group. Instead of detailing every single other routine I have in place (because who has time for that???), here's a no-frills list of routines I make a special point to teach right off the bat!
- Morning Routine: Waiting in a line outside the door until I am ready to shake their hand in the doorway, unpacking procedure, carpet gathering, and opening tradition (music)
- Transitioning from carpet to desks
- Distributing and using dry erase boards, markers, and felt erasers appropriately and efficiently (I like to explain what "efficiently" means early on in the year, and I use the word frequently when I am explaining expectations.)
- Using the restroom: How to signal to the teacher to ask to go, pass procedures, and sign out
- Pencil Sharpening: When it's okay, how to ask, what to do if a pencil breaks mid-lesson
- Getting a drink: Again, how to signal, how to sign out, etc.
- Transitioning between classrooms for math: Materials to bring, where to line up, when it's okay to go, how to walk to math
- Guided Reading expectations, including transitions and what to bring to the table. (Read my detailed post on this here)
- Transition to lunch time: room is clean, chairs are pushed in, where to line up
- Lunch time expected behaviors
- Transition after lunch: I make the kiddos line up outside the classroom door until they hear our quiet music come on in the room, the signal that they may silently enter the room, hang up their coats, and join me in our afternoon yoga. (This one may deserve its own post! Maybe next week...)
- Walking in a line in the hallway
- Using shared materials, and how they should look once they're put away (ahem, dry erase marker caps ON please...)
- Taking books from the classroom library: When this is allowed, how to check them out (I personally do not have kids sign out books), where to keep them (My rule is book boxes only, not in desks)
- What is expected during classroom discussions, including Turn and Talk
- What to say if you don't know or didn't hear the question
Phew! That is a long list! I'm sure there are many that I'm forgetting too!
What other routines do you teach in your classroom?