Classroom Management

Procedures, Procedures, Procedures

I think most teachers will agree that one of the biggest causes of behavior problems and lost instructional time is lack of classroom procedures. Elementary and secondary teachers alike need to periodically take a step back and revisit the procedures they've set up for their students.

Having procedures set up for all parts of the day/period should help alleviate some of the off task behaviors in your classroom. Do you have procedures set up for all of the following:

  • Entering the classroom
  • Exiting the classroom
  • Getting the attention of the teacher
  • Turning in work
  • Restroom
  • Getting a tissue
  • Sharpening pencils
  • Retrieving supplies
  • Drills- fire, storm, code red
  • Working independently
  • Working with a partner or in a group
  • Finishing work early
  • Tardies/Absences
  • Homework
  • Dismissal

If you need some suggestions on procedures to put into place, I strongly recommend The First Days of School and The Organized Teacher. You'll also find several great suggestions on Pinterest.

Don't forget... students need to practice procedures multiple times before they're ingrained. I suggest reviewing procedures with your students after all breaks and as needed throughout the year.

Parent Communication

Another way to possibly cut down on behavior problems in your classroom is communicating with parents. If you don't tell parents their student is not making appropriate choices, how do you expect them to assist you?

Secondary teachers who have dozens of students each day may find that email is the easiest way to communicate with parents. While some parents may have email addresses on PowerTeacher, it's also a good idea to send a paper home with students asking parents for up-to-date contact information, especially if you have sent an email with no response.

Elementary teachers who use a behavior chart or card system, don't forget to send behavior information home to parents at the end of the day or end of the week so they can monitor their student's behavior and take appropriate action at home.

I know several elementary and secondary teachers who have used ClassDojo and LOVE it! Through the app or website, parents can see how their child is doing at school, and can even send messages to the teacher.