Kids have motives when it comes to lining up. Either they are pushing to be first in line, dawdling to be last or they are wiggling their way to be near their friends. In many schools, teachers lead their lines to places where the children remain in “line order” (assemblies, a lunch line, dismissal, etc). Teachers also arrive to pick the class up at gym, music, recess, or art and are expected to walk them back to the classroom in a “hallway appropriate line.” These times can be challenging because the students are typically excited and are often clustered into groups in line with their best buddies.

Do you need ideas for teaching elementary students about lining up and walking in line in the hall so you are ready for back to school? Try out these classroom management procedures, routines, strategies, and techniques from the Clutter Free Classroom!


With everything that needs to get done, most teachers would agree that there are not enough instructional hours in the school day. Since every second counts, it is important to not waste any time. Check out these fun and easy classroom management tips and strategies for quick classroom transitions!
Check out these fun and easy classroom management tips and strategies for quick classroom transitions from the Clutter Free Classroom. Teachers and students will love teaching and learning these songs, procedures, and routines.

Attention Grabbers & Improved Listening Strategies

When I graduated from college, I worked as a classroom aide for the first and second-grade level team. There was one first grade teacher who amazed me. Her room would be all aflutter with little people chatting and moving and everything else that comes with being 6 years old. And then this teacher would just start talking. She would simply say, "Boys and Girls...(insert whatever she needed to tell them)" and the entire class would freeze, look and listen. Just by talking in a normal tone at a conversation volume. WHAT? I still don't know what kind of voodoo spell she cast over them to make that magic happen, but I assure you, I have never seen it replicated anywhere or at any time.

I gave up trying to figure it out and instead worked on developing creative ways to get my students attention and fine-tuning the art of only teaching when the students are focused and on task. To master this you need to be consistent in your expectations and classroom management skills and invest time in making sure the items below become second nature to your students. 

Every classroom needs attentions getters or grabbers to promote classroom management. These strategies could be catchy phrases or non verbal. Create an anchor chart for your kids so they remember the procedures and routines.


Teachers often face the problem of students yelling out during a read aloud or interrupting their small group lessons and reading conferences to ask to use the bathroom, get a drink of water, sharpen a pencil, or ask a question. These disruptions often cause other students to lose focus and become off task. The good news is there is a simple solution you can put into practice right away. Using a hand signal system in your classroom will quickly and dramatically improve student behavior and eliminate many of the disruptions that happen throughout a typical school day.

You NEED nonverbal hand signals as an elementary classroom communication and management strategy! Try out sign language or a fun secret code with fingers to keep your kids learning and following procedures, routines, strategies, and techniques. The Clutter Free Classroom has a printable and ideas for bathroom, pencil, and more so you are ready for back to school!

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