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Welcome to my blog!I'm a teacher in a beautiful, small, rural town. I moved here a few years ago, but I have taught over 20 years in this same small town that is now my home. My experience is in teaching second, third, and fourth grades with one year in sixth grade. I am always reading, learning, and reflecting on what goes on in my classroom. I love the work that I do with the parents, my fellow teachers, and most all-my students.I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Planning for Procedures

At my school, we are required to plan lessons to teach students procedures at the beginning of the year. I adapted this plan from Angela Powell ( of mspowell.com) and her book, The Cornerstone. I recommend her book and website to anyone setting up a classroom and most especially for new teachers.

Classroom Management: Rules and Procedures Lesson Plan

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Fran Richardson said...

Some other ideas I thought of after this posting:

We team teach so we use the traveling clipboard that follows each homeroom and to activity so that we can keep track of behavior overall. It's easy to make up a class sheet to keep tally marks. This works well in all grades and gives a document for conferences if needed.

I've used bracelets ( usually red, yellow, and green)for behavior in the cafeteria or hallway. The goal is for the class not to lose all three bracelets and to earn game time or recess ( The teacher just moves the bracelet from one wrist to the other as the visual). This works well for younger grades, too.

Finally, in the upper grades- the timer does wonders. I set it for 15 minutes ( our recess), and if it's noisy I turn it on, and the class owes me that time. It works very well for positive peer pressure. Classes seldom lose more than a minute or two. It helps with transitions that sometimes waste time.

Please also check out my post on brain breaks and active learning for classroom management ideas:



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