TURN & TALK…What do you believe is the number one problem in classrooms?
The number one problem in theclassroom is not discipline; it is the lack ofprocedures and routines.Spending time on procedures in theclassroom not only makes theenvironment run more smoothly, but itactually facilitates the teaching.Source: Conscious ClassroomManagement, Rick Smith
SEE, THINK, WONDER on the First Day Give each student a small stack of sticky notes. Explain to your students that they will be investigating the classroom and thinking about what the year might be like. First (about 10 mins) , they write down I SEE statements. Second they write down I THINK statements. Third, ask them to extend their thinking by writing “I wonder” statements to correspond with their “seeing” and “thinking”. All you are doing is observing the students’ thinking. You may debrief once they are finished. Post the sticky notes in your room.ProjectPLN
The first few days of school teach only procedures necessary for smooth opening of class.
Students must know from the very beginning how they are expected to behave and work in a classroom work environment. Students want instruction and guidance on all the how-to’s in class: how to start a paper, how to ask for help, how to sharpen a pencil, how to get to work, how to turn on the computer, how to etc….
Classroom procedures answer questions such as these:
TECHNIQUE FOR TEACHING PROCEDURES Explain Rehearse Reinforce – remind Be Consistent with your expectations of procedures.
THINK, PAIR, SHARE… Think about the procedures (that will become routine) in your classroom/area. List as many as you can. Now think about how you will support the students to learn the procedures. Whichprocedures are most important to address in the first few days?
THINK, PAIR, SHARE What procedures need to be in place in order to have successful collaborative group work opportunities for students?
PROCEDURES FOR GROUP WORK… How to move their belongings, desks, bodies Know where to sit and with whom Listen to the teacher once in groups Take turns discussing/working & staying on task Encourage all to participate Respect others’ opinions Listen to others’ opinions Take notes/ do work How to move their belongings, desks, bodies back How to refocus their attention once they are back Source: Conscious Classroom Management, Rick Smith
SETTING THE STAGE … Learn their names within the first few days and use them. Teach procedures: practice, reinforce, and review Use a greeting message to set the tone for the class or day and get the thinking started. Use this as an opportunity to communicate behaviour expectations and learning objectives or to review routines. Share the agenda for the class and be specific about the learning…(Today you will..) For young readers, use pics or symbols to communicate.