Starting your school year on a positive note is so important. In the past, I’ve had first days that were pure poetry, but I’ve also had days that were pure…well, you can imagine! While there are definitely things that can happen in those first days that are out of our control, there are many things we can do beforehand to set the stage for success.
Two of the most important things you need for a successful start to your year are a strong classroom management plan with procedures and routines in place, and a risk-free, welcoming environment for your students.
First, let’s talk about classroom procedures and routines. In my store is a comprehensive checklist with over 100 procedures and routines that I model and teach to my students constantly throughout the year. Click HERE to check it out.
Whether it’s lining up for recess, sharpening a pencil, or transitioning from one activity to the next, having classroom procedures and routines are extremely important. There is honestly nothing better than having your classroom run like a well-oiled machine. Routines save learning time and will make your job a lot easier. The biggest thing to remember when teaching classroom procedures and routines is that you want your students to do them correctly and without your help.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to teach classroom procedures and routines:
In addition to establishing classroom procedures and routines, it’s also important to build community in your classroom. The culture you create amongst your students during those first few weeks will set the tone for the entire year.
The best way to encourage a classroom community from the beginning is through team building activities. In my store is a pack with over 30 Beginning of the Year Team Building Activities to help you build a community in your own classroom. Click HERE to check it out. Your students will have a blast working together and getting to know each other.
Here’s why creating a classroom community through team building is so important:
You can see more of these Back-to-School Team Building Ideas by clicking HERE.