This baby has been a sad, sad little list that I’ve clutched onto year after year. I decided to glam her up & make her presentable to the world.
I think almost all behavior problems in the classroom can be solved by setting up clear classroom procedures and routines at the beginning of the year and practicing and reinforcing them throughout the year. Thus, this blog post will be all about…..[drum roll please]…………:
In the past, I have relied solely on a list of procedures I wanted to cover and practice throughout the first weeks of school and my class did just that-read over the list then practiced when the opportunities presented themselves. I had to be honest with myself-teaching classroom procedures were dreadfully boring for both myself and the class.
Finally, I had enough and decided I was going to make learning our classroom procedures fun for both the students and myself. My students looove the iPoet anchor chart because it’s highly relatable to their tech-obsessed world so I created a similar tech-themed format for our Classroom Procedures Game: “iPractice our Classroom Procedures” and “iKnow our Classroom Procedures.” I compiled a total of 30 classroom procedure apps that I felt were essential to learn and practice during the first month of school.
Being a pinspired teacher, I have seen several uses for cooking sheets in the classroom on Pinterest. I originally found baking sheets at Wal-Mart (3 for under $5!) and they are conveniently shaped like an iPad so adding the apps was as simple as laminating and slapping a magnet on the back and boom! Instant app fun 🙂 I made two baking sheets one for classroom procedures our class still needed to learn or practice and labeled it “iPractice” and the other was labeled “iKnow.” The “iKnow” cookie sheet houses the classroom procedures the class has mastered with little to no guidance from me. It takes several weeks for some of the practices to become a known routine so patience is key. Modeling as the teacher is also essential. I always have a student model the incorrect way and the correct way after I model each time we practice during our first few times practicing the procedure.
It also works very well with a jewelry organizer because it’s portable!
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