Procedures are a part of life. We follow procedures for eating in the cafeteria, getting off a bus, playing soccer, and attending a movie. The reason we have procedures in life is so that people can function in society knowing the acceptable and efficient ways other people do things.
There are procedures in my classroom as well. These procedures establish our classroom culture and allow us to function as a learning, cohesive group.
To help the students better remember these procedures, I have created a "Procedure Manual", which the student keep in their desk as all times. This is our reading material the first two weeks of school We practice each procedure, model it, act it out, and generally run through them constantly in those first 2 weeks. Periodically throughout the year, we review this manual, so as to keep the procedures fresh in their minds.
It is my hope that by using this Classroom Procedure Manual, my students will become self-sufficient learners within the walls of my room. I have used this manual for 17 years now (wait, I have been teaching 17 years????!!!) and find it invaluable to my classroom teaching. It truly helps set the tone for my year.
I love it because the students always know what I am expecting of them. There is never a guess as to when they can sharpen a pencil, or where they should turn in a paper. It is all spelled out for them. Also, if I notice that the procedures are getting a bit lax, we whip out the manual and review!
|I love being able to just turn to the page and review the procedures!|
I really, honestly love this thing. It is something that defines me as a teacher (I am a stickler for structure and routine.) It could very well be the manual of my own teaching :)
Now, I have had this manual posted on my blog for years. The only problem was that the book was filled with MY procedures. And unless you are named Mrs. Moorman and do things *exactly* the way I do, this probably won't work for you. No matter how much I want to believe that everyone should teach the way I do, I realize that these procedures really will not be 100% perfect for anyone but myself.
So, what did I do? I have made the words in this manual EDITABLE! That is right! Just click inside the text boxes and retype your own words to better match how you do things in your room. To make things a bit easier, any time I have my name written, I bolded it in red. This way, if you like my wording, you can keep that, but change my name! You won’t miss it!
You can get this new, editable version here in my store. But you can still access the free version here. Either way, I sincerely believe this is something that every teacher should have in her classroom. It is a lifesaver for me.
How do you make sure your students know and practice classroom procedures?