Classroom Routines and Procedures are important.
Behaviour Management Routines and Procedures
Classroom Routines and Procedures
Entry and Exit Routines:
Explicitly explain to students how you want them to line up outside the door before entering the classroom. Also, explain what they should do once they’ve entered the classroom. This ould be putting equipment away/getting equipment out, sitting at their desks or on the floor. The same needs to happen for the end of the learning activity. Explicitly explain to students that the teacher will direct them to pack up. Further, explain how equipment/books will be collected and how they will be dismissed.
Gaining Student Attention:
You need to establish a strategy for gaining students’ attention. For example, with infants, it may be repeating a simple clapping rhythm for them to copy, or using a keyword or phrase such as ‘freeze’ or ‘eyes to me’. You could also ring a bell or play chimes. For primary and high school students you may want to gain eye contact with a few students. You could use a keyphrase, thank or reward those cooperating. Identifying the students who are not paying attention by name can also have an impact.
Gaining Teacher Attention:
You need to set clear expectations of how students can get your attention. This could be as simple raising their hand or using a sign. You may need to establish different methods for different lessons and this will be an individual thing.
Fast Finishers Routine:
Provide motivating activities for when students finish their set work early. This will lessen the chance of them becoming a distraction or disruption. If you have the same students consistently finishing their work fast then you may need to look at establishing an extension program.
Collection and Distribution of Materials:
Different systems work but SOME sort of system is needed. This could be using colour-coded trays for books. Labelled trays and containers on desks and sideboards for equipment such as pens, pencils, textas, paint, brushes etc.
Classroom roles and responsibilities:
Create a set of classroom jobs and rotate students through these. This will foster a sense of responsibility in students. It will also ensure order and routine in the classroom (you won’t have 10 kids running to hand out books, or 5 kids clambering to turn on/off the lights).
Consistent routine and procedures are key:
***NOTE: You should also try to limit the number of distractions and interruptions that could come from other teachers and staff members. This could be by means of requests for equipment, messages and communication from the office. If you feel that interruptions of this nature are interfering with your teaching then bring this up at a staff meeting. Schools are responsible for ensuring their communication systems facilitate your teaching, not hinder it (Konza, et. al. 2006).