Can you believe that we are already getting ready for back to school?!
The beginning of the school year is tough. Never has the struggle been more real for a teacher. Our plates are full with setting up the classroom, planning the first few weeks and getting to know our new classroom family. It’s a lot.
Teaching at the beginning of the year is especially exhausting because it feels like we are doing so much more of the talking. We have to teach our class all of the procedures. Teaching and practicing classroom procedures is a must! It is quite honestly one of the best uses of your classroom time. However, it can get so boring!
In this episode, I am going to share some fun ways to practice your classroom routines and procedures. These activities are so engaging!
- Model what NOT to do. I know this sounds like an odd idea, but having students show the class how to break the rules, is the perfect opportunity to discuss your expectations.
- Have students do the teaching. I love getting my class into small groups. It’s great for team and community building. I also allow them to get creative with the way that they teach their assigned procedure. It can be a poster, a presentation, or even a song!
- Play procedure board games. Grab some simple board games from a second-hand store and pair it with some procedure game cards. It’s a fun way to review the procedures, but students are also practicing the procedures for working in a group and playing games!
- Enjoy a game of Find Someone Who. This is such a simple review game that gets kids out of their seats and talking to their classmates. You can rest your voice!
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