Friday, September 11, 2015

Clear Procedures

I just returned to the classroom to teach grade four in a neighboring town. I am truly happy to be working with students again. I have always found it to be one of the most rewarding things in my life.  I am just two days into the school year, already worried about doing what's best for my students and reading books to keep me sharp.

One book I just downloaded and read is Ruby Payne's  Working with Students: Discipline Strategies for the Classroom.  Overall, I am not a fan.  As a veteran teacher and Responsive Classroom Consultant it felt very autocratic to me. I did get one idea that I thought was useful: a classroom procedure book.  It is a book that has all of the classroom's procedures and hen each student is provided with a copy.

My thought is that once students have a copy they can have great conversations with heir families about how their classroom works. It could also be a very useful tool for guest teachers!

I have used anchor charts in the past for procedures. I feel like this gives the anchor charts a home once the procedure had become automatic for the students. If I end up making one (of course I will) it will be posted on my website.