Strategy: Teaching Classroom Routines

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**Use this strategy to improve these areas:**

**There are five elements to effectively teaching classroom routines:**

**1)**Define behavioral expectations for each routine so that they are

**developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, positively stated, specific, and observable**.

**2)**

**Explicitly teach and review**the routines.

**3)**

**Practice**the routines.

**4)**

**Provide positive attention to students**when they effectively demonstrate the routines using praise or rewards.

**5)**

**Provide visual prompts**of the classroom routines, keeping each routine to the fewest steps possible.

**How to Teach Classroom Routines**

**Posting Classroom Routines**

First, using a poster board, butcher paper, or some other easily displayable medium, put together a display with the routine written out step by step.

- Keep each step of the routine as concise as possible.
- Ensure that the steps are developmentally appropriate. Using pictures and large print is a great way to communicate classroom expectations for young children who may not be able to read the labels.
- Try to keep routines to as few steps as possible.

Next, identify an area of the classroom to post the routines. Ensure that the area can be easily viewed by the entire class without causing disruption. Placing it in proximity to where the routine happens can be a helpful reminder to students (e.g. posting the line-up routine next to the classroom door).

**Examples of Classroom Routines**

*Example of Posted Morning Routine with Images*

*Morning Routine with Images and Words
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*End of the Day Routine
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**create a lesson plan for teaching routines**you have identified.

References to Other Relevant Resources:

Sprick, R. (2009). *CHAMPS: A proactive and positive approach to classroom management.* Eugene, OR: Pacific Northwest Publishing.

Reinke, W., Herman, K., & Sprick, R. (2011). *Motivational interviewing for effective classroom management: The classroom check-up.* New York, NY: Guilford Press.