This is a follow up to an earlier post: Part 1: Create a Welcoming Classroom Community with Clear Procedures.
You can have a well-planned lesson, the most current teaching resources available, and the best technology money can buy, but without clear, consistent procedures that lesson can turn into a disaster. Well-established procedures make the classroom efficient and effective. With them in place, students and teachers can maximize teaching and learning time while spending less time dealing with discipline problems.
Procedures Key Learnings
These Key Learnings were shared with me by a consulting team comprised of elementary and high school teachers several years ago. Until that training, I didn't have procedures in place, and I knew that my students and I lost several minutes of valuable teaching and learning time each week. A couple of weeks before the new school year starts, I revisit my notes, and I revise my Procedural Management System as a part of my planning for the first few weeks of school.
- Help kids become independent learners.
- Must be practiced (never punitive).
- You must have a procedure for each activity you want the kids to participate in.
- Important procedures must be assessed and re-taught (if necessary).
- If a procedure doesn't work, can it.
- If you start an activity and you don't have a procedure, create one.
- Reinforce them after holiday weekends and vacation breaks.
- Create positive habits in our students.
- Allow for the "comfort" of routine.
- Need to be used consistently.
- Should be created when a problem arises.
- Are about practice not punishment.