Posted on December 11, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Families
Teachers often spend the first six weeks or so of school teaching their students various classroom routines such as handing in homework, using the classroom library, changing classes, submitting late assignments, lining up, getting lunch, and finding a book for silent reading. Students learn these routines by practicing them every day, but this management time can be cut in half by creating classroom protocol books featuring clear steps for all of your classroom or school routines.
Just take photographs of students following a particular routine and place them in order on a page with some visual instructions. Follow this same strategy for all classroom routines.
Then, create a binder or virtual bulletin board with all of the routines posted. If you use an electronic option for posting, you can also add video to make the expected behaviors even more clear.
Provide time for students to review these materials and ask for help in updating the content when necessary.
Some of the procedures or protocols you might include in your book include:
- lining up
- coming into the room
- leaving the room
- using your assignment book
- handing in homework
- helping classmates/peer tutoring
- working with e-tablets/interactive white board
- participating in classroom discussions
- getting assistance during independent work
- getting work after an absence
- taking breaks/using the restroom
- eating and drinking in class
- classroom jobs and roles
For more differentiation ideas for K-12 classrooms, get your copy of From Text Maps to Memory Caps [Paul Brookes Publishing].