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If you’re in education, you know that the first two weeks of school are dedicated to practicing procedures, rolling out systems, and going over expectations with your students.
This is the most important thing you can do.
By prioritizing these things, you have set the groundwork for the remainder of the year. Many teachers will talk about the benefits of having these systems in place so that their students know what to do at any given moment in their day.
Pencil broke? No problem. They know where to go for a new one.
Need to go to the bathroom? Not an issue. They know what sign to throw up in the air to non-verbally communicate to the teacher that they’ve gotta jet.
And while they may be important for the students, they are equally as important for you – the teacher. Not only are you making things very predictable and efficient for your students by breaking procedures down step-by-step, you are also minimizing the amount of brain power that you have to use at any given moment.
Teachers are constantly making minute by minute decisions. Every minute of every hour of every school day. Having procedures in place will free your brain up to focus on what you’re actually there to do – teach.
You no longer have to decide what Sophie should do when her cool, sparkly mechanical pencil runs out of lead. You don’t have to mediate conversations when Joe is in Steven’s spot on the carpet. Kids are able to independently figure things out because they are aware of the procedures and expectations in the classroom.
You are free.
Because you’ve laid the groundwork. Now the rest of the year is yours to teach.
Questions of the Day:
- Do you have procedures/routines for your students at school/children at home?
- If you are a parent, what is one rule you stand firm on?