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Establishing Classroom Routine
Transcript of Establishing Classroom Routine
Some routines on the following can be of great help:
The following are some samples routines for the first five minutes of the class
-Problem of the day
- brain teaser
- Vocabulary "Word of the day"
- React to quotation
- Warm-up problem on overhead to copy and solve
- Respond to a newspaper editorial
- Conundrum (e.g. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?)
Routines are the ground work for a well - orchestrated classroom
Routines have to be learned. We get used to doing them in order for them to become routenized. It is therefore, necessary that we identify and explain specific rules and procedures in our classrooms
Management of most instructiional interuptions is fully within the teachers control. Transitions can either be anticipated or unanticipated.
- Beginning of an instructional episode
- between instructional episodes
- After an instructional episodes
- Equipment set-up and take-down
- Material Distribution collection
- From teacher-to-student-centered activity
- Beginning end of class or school day
- Beginning and ending the class day or period.
- Getting/Distribution of materials and equipment
- Group Work
- Seatwork and teacher-led activities
Solving Transitions during the Lesson
-Give supplementary exercises for the fast workers.
- Get the fast learners to tutor students in need of help
- Ask the fast learners to assist you in your administrative like preparing for the next learning episode.
Here are some examples of what you can do:
Solving Post-lesson Transistions
To allow you time to shift to the next activity, create a routine for the last five minutes of the day. Before the "curtain" activities you observe routinized dismissal procedures. This is how one teacher does it.
Students, we will be working throughout the entire period of this class each day. We won't pack up and get ready to leave five minutes before the bell rings. Instead, we will pause after the bell rings to make sure that all garbage's is puked up off the floor. Please look around you to see that the area around your desk is clean and that materials are put away. Then when we are ready, you will hear me say the magic words: "Thank you and have a great day!" Those words are what will dismiss you to leave the room. The bell does not dismiss you. I do.
Because you cannot anticipate weh and for how long how such interruptions will last, all you can do is prepare yourself and your classes for such eventualities. At the beginning of the school year, you take time to explain your expectations for dealing with unanticipated interruptions such as those given above.
Research shows that group work like cooperative learning has a positive impact on student achievement, interpersonal relationships and attitudes about learning.
Rules and procedures on group work address the following areas:
- movement in and out of the group.
- expected behaviors of students in the group.
- expected behaviors of students not in the group
- Group communication with the teacher.
Use of materials and equipments
Make clear your rules and procedures on the distribution and collection of materials, storage of common materials, the teachers desk and storage areas, students desks and storage areas, the use of the pencil sharpener.
Seat work and teacher-led activities
Rules and procedures in these areas pertain to:
- Student attention during presentations
- Student participation
- Talking among students
- Obtaining help
- Out-of-seat behavior
- Behavior when work has been completed
Here are some effective signals used by new and experienced teachers.
5 for freeze
4 for quiet
3 for eyes on the teacher
2 for hands free (put things down)
1 for listen for instructions
*raise your hand if you wish to participate
*to obtain teacher's attention
One finger = need to sharpen my pencil
Two fingers = I need a tissue
Three fingers = I need your help
Teachers hand signal means:
- Freeze (stop what your doing)
- Gently tap on your neighbor's arm to get his/her attention to freeze.
- Face the teacher and listen to instructions