Routines are also an important part of the classroom as this allows the students to have structure and organisation. By having routines in the classroom, students are able to spend more time on task as they can limit the amount of interruptions by students (Konza et al. 2001).
Caitlin, it may take time to educate the students on the classroom routines, however it will become worthwhile when they are familiar with them.
Here are some examples of routines you can use in the classroom:
- Entering and exit the classroom.
- Gaining the students attention.
- Gaining the teachers attention.
- Locating and obtaining resources and supplies.
- Collecting and distributing materials.
- Using the noise-o-meter as a guide for the appropriate noise level.
- Using the Interactive Whiteboard.
- Going to the library.
- Preparing for PE.
- Going out to lunch and recess.
- When the bells ring, the students need to be quiet and listen to the teacher.
- Participating in classroom discussions (turn taking)
- What to do when they finish their work (fast finishers).
The school also has routines that must be followed by the students including before school, after school, wet weather, recess and lunch and on the bus.
Remember, rules and routines should constantly be positively reinforced to ensure that students continue to behave positively. When a student is abiding by the classroom rules and following the classroom routines, praise the student and reward them for their good behaviour. The student is then more likely to continue good behaviour, as they know they will get rewarded when they behave in a positive way (Konza et al. 2001).
Konza, D, Grainger, J & Bradshaw, K, 2001, Classroom Management: A Survival Guide, Thomson Social Science Press, South Melbourne, VIC.