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Summer Series:Planning Routines and Procedures


If there were two words that came out of my mouth more often than not the first few weeks of school, it would be: routine and procedure.

Those two words can set the foundation for your whole school year.  Without them, you'll be backtracking the rest of the year.

In fact, one of the very first things I would do on the first day of school would be to introduce a simple T-chart titled "Looks Like/Sounds Like."  My students got very used to seeing this t-chart. VERY used to it.  Like - they probably saw it in their sleep. :)


When I wanted to teach them how to come to the gathering area, I had a Looks like/Sounds Like chart for what coming to the carpet should look like and sound like.  I'd first have students tell me what they thought it should look and sound like when coming to the carpet.  We'd chart it up, and then I would add my own "must-haves" to the chart.  Then - we'd practice it.  Over and over and over.

How do we line up for lunch?  Bust out a Looks Like/Sounds Like chart.
How should our small group centers look like?  Let's take a look at the Looks Like/Sounds Like chart.
How do we work independently?  Any guesses?  I see a Looks Like/Sounds Like chart comin' :)

I always use this format so that students know what to expect.  I would used it year round anytime my students would be doing a new type of activity.

One of the biggest mistakes that I made as a new teacher was assuming students would know how to do something, especially my older 4th graders.  But, after a long summer of little to no structure, students need a refresher.  Not only that, you are a new teacher to them.  Your expectations may differ from the previous year's teacher.

So when in doubt, explicitly teach your rules and expectations.  In fact, your first month of school should consist of routine and procedure instruction constantly.  Before your students do anything for the first time, go over your expectations for that routine or procedure.

Here's a checklist to reference when planning your first few weeks of school:
For some of the routines and procedures, I like to have students keep their own copy of the Looks Like/Sounds Like chart.  For example, when we would go over my expectations for reader's or writer's workshops, I would have them keep a copy of the chart in their reader's and writer's folder as the first page in the center prongs.  It was always front and center.  For the first month or so, we would begin each time reviewing what the work time should look and sound like.  And of course we would reference it if students started to get a little lazy with the expectations as the year continued :).
Here's what the student chart looked like:

If you'd like a FREE copy of the checklist (plus a blank one to customize) and student chart sent to your email, just click below and I'll send it right over!




Other posts in this series:
Creating the Classroom of Your Dreams
Launching Reader's Workshop
Launching Writer's Workshop
Back to School Activities for Every Grade
DIY Classroom Projects (Even if you HATE DIY)
The Ultimate B2S Shopping List
Ways to Connect With Parents
Tips for a Successful Open House






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  1. I love T-charts and have been using them for years. I have now started having students physically practice the behavior especially for lining up/transitioning, etc. I also plan a simple lesson that is easy for all and then have them practice the routines that would naturally go with that type of lesson ie where do you get materials, where do finished products go, what does clean-up/transition look like.

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    1. Yes - practice is key! Thanks for sharing!

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