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Excerpt Chapter 2-Classroom Management and Creating a Culture of Learning

Laying the Groundwork for Teacher and Student Success

August 2017 

Shelly Pollnow, EdD           

Most people agree that SOPs or Standard Operating Procedures are the key to a well-run organization and that’s no exception for our classrooms.  In education, this falls under “rules and procedures” and we give this topic its due in our book Success for Every Student, Chapter 2, “Classroom Management and Creating a Culture of Learning.” 

If your school year has already begun and somehow you  could not teach the Rules and Procedures Lesson, never fear it’s never too late! If you have already taught your Rules and Procedures Lesson (perhaps using as our book suggests Harry Wong’s  “Three-Step Approach to Teaching Classroom Procedures") yet students have gone back to their old habits, then it’s well worth the effort to stop what you’re doing and make this the lesson for tomorrow. 

 Excerpt from Chapter 2Success for Every Student: A Guide to Teaching and Learning (2017):

“As the year progresses, consistently enforce the classroom procedures; periodically stop to state, explain, model, and demonstrate the procedure again.  This is important for all grades and age groups.  Make sure that the classroom rules are posted in an area where they are observable to both the teacher and the students.  To reiterate, promote the positive examples and quietly correct the negative examples through specific and timely feedback.  Make it a standard routine to review, reinforce, and rehearse classroom procedures as new students join the classroom or after extended breaks and holidays.  

No matter how much the teacher has to remind the class of the routines and rules, the teacher must enter the classroom every day with the mindset that students will follow the rules and procedures.  

Author Harry Wong offers “The Three-Step Approach to Teaching Classroom Procedures” to be taught at the beginning of every year (Wong, 2009):

Explain:  State, explain, and model the procedure.  Students need to know why the rule is in place and the purpose behind it.

Rehearse:  Rehearse and practice the procedure under teacher supervision. Make sure the students are capable of performing the procedure.

Reinforce:  Re-teach, rehearse, practice, and reinforce the classroom procedure until it becomes a student habit or routine."

 Rules and procedures are key to a safe, positive, and well-run classroom environment where teacher and students grow into a productive respectful team laying the ground work for teacher and student success.

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