This year I have really taken the idea of Routines and Procedures quite seriously. I wanted to see if it really made a difference. So far, for me, it has made an incredible difference in the achievement of my students. It has also made a difference for me. I decided to take the concept one step further and assign myself Routines and Procedures. I thought to myself, “If this works for the students, why can’t it work for me?” So here and there I decided to think of ways that I could make my day more efficient. It has not only made my day more efficient, it has made the day go by faster and less stressful.
Here are a few of the Procedures and Routines that I have assigned myself.
- Organize the Desks
- Write the Daily Schedule on the Board
- Write the Bell Work
- Take out the box of folders for Period 1 and place it on the cart by the door
- Before I open the door to let students in, I look at the Daily Schedule and make sure that everything is prepared for each item.
- I greet each student as they get their folder. Sometimes I hand them a piece of paper with the Bell Work on it or I hand them a graded assignment.
- Help students stay on track by saying, “Get to work.”
- When everyone is in their seats working, I close the door and say, “Buenos días, clase.”
- During the 3 minutes of silent work time, I take attendance and enter in grades for that particular class on my iPad.
- Then I mention the agenda for the day, we finish grading the Bell Work, and go through the agenda one by one.
- At the end of class, the students put their folders away, I put their class box on the shelf and get out the next classes box.
- I dismiss the students, not the bell.
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