Post date: Jul 7, 2017 12:16:30 AM
by: Jerico Venedict Valdez Nazareno
Aside from the rules, classroom routines shall be introduced on the first few days of school. Classroom routines are scheduled daily activities, established to ensure the smooth flow of each day. They are predictable patterns that facilitate in making both teaching and learning viable. With efficient classroom routines, transitions from one activity to another will be a lot easier for both the educators and the students. Thus, valuable classroom time can be saved and that, students can have extra time to learn and can achieve more.
When routines are established, carefully taught and modeled in the classroom, the students know what is expected of them and know how to do certain things independently. On the other hand, the educators can focus on a more significant instruction. These routines include the arriving at school, taking attendance, activities throughout the day and leaving the school.
1. Arriving at School
When the students arrive at the school, they need to know exactly what to do. They suppose to know where things shall be placed like their umbrellas/raincoats, bags and lunchboxes. They shall also be familiar with their seating arrangement, what to do with their homework and what they shall do while waiting for their classmates to arrive. More importantly, the students shall be aware what time the class actually starts. When the students know all these things, they can move easily through the morning routine.
2. Taking Attendance
After the bustle of putting things in their proper places and going to their respective seats, the educators can now easily take the attendance and discuss the learning plan of the day. These routines can capture the attention of the students and they can therefore go straight to the lesson afterwards without any hustle.
3. Activities Throughout the Day
Classroom activities throughout the day vary vastly based on the lesson plan prepared by the educators. The aforementioned activities can be reading task, learning the basic mathematical operations, science experiment, computer-based activities or etc. Moreover, one subject can have individual activities, both individual and group activities, or small group and whole group activities. Other subjects may require going outside the classroom or even outside the school premises. Nonetheless, all these activities shall be planned carefully to ensure efficient transitions. Efficient transitions of activities can help the students focus into learning, and boredom and misbehaving can be avoided.
4. Leaving the School
As the morning started with routines, so shall the end of the day in the school too. The class can have schedule of the students who will help each day to clean-up the classroom while others are preparing their things to leave, including homework. This will educate the students to care for the things, the classroom itself and the things inside it, they are using whilst ensuring that the classroom will be ready for the next day.
The entire classroom routines mentioned above can make the students feel a sense of independence and that they have control over things at some level. For this reason, students tend to be more engaged, proactive and their behavior can be manageable leading to a successful classroom management.