Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Wednesday Wisdom: Procedures (with a freebie!)
It is time for another Wednesday Wisdom. This week we are wanting to know how you make your classroom run smoothly. What procedures do you have specific to your classroom that make transitions and activities efficient? What saves you time and helps you with time management?
There are several tips and tricks we use in our classrooms that we hope you are able to use and maybe already use.
The one song I use from day one comes from Dr. Jean's All Day Long CD. If you click the here or the picture below, you will find the lyrics to the song. The song is located on page 4 of the download. The theme of the song is basically to worry about only yourself when lining up and not to worry about others.
I have my students line up in number order every time we leave the room. Each child is assigned a number at the beginning of the year (which also helps with tons of other classroom organization & procedures). I use clear packing tape to tape numbers to the floor. This is especially helpful for the little ones who are still learning about personal space. Plus, the kids know that we get in this order EVERY TIME we leave the room... no fighting or arguing about people cutting in line. There are several line up numbers on TpT for you to use to tape to the floor in tons of different themes.
I made this set of numbers that can be used on your classroom floor. They are FREE by clicking here!
In kindergarten and first grade, morning procedures are crucial to beginning the day "just right". I use popsicle sticks with student numbers and names for attendance and lunch count. I also created Lunch Choices that match what the cafeteria is serving. Below is an example of how it looks when the choices are set up. I have these available in my TpT Store and am offering them for half off today for Wednesday Wisdom.
What procedures do you use in your classroom that help keep your classroom running smoothly?