(Update (8.1.13) Great News!!! This best-selling product was recently updated. It now contains a whole bunch of new pages and and EDITABLE pages to make creating and altering your own procedures manual even easier!)

Seriously friends, today's Teacher Tip trumps all others.

I honestly feel it is the most important thing teachers need to do in order to create the best, most-effective, learning environment that they possible can. I love classroom organization. I adore classroom decor. But, if you don't have a solid plan for how you will consistently run your classroom the rest is moot.

Being able to successfully manage a classroom comes down to two things: planning and consistency. You need to have very clear expectations and a solid foundation for how you want your room to run. That's not to say you won't make changes and tweak things along the way, but you need to go into the year having thought through each and every aspect of a school day. 
  • You need to list out all of the procedures and routines that apply to your teaching situation.
  • You need to create a detailed expectation for each of them.
  • You need to teach them to the students and you need to communicate them to other adults that will be working in your classroom.

I do this by writing a "Classroom Expectations and Routines Manual."  I created a binder that houses every nitty, gritty detail for myself and for my classroom aide. I then cut and pasted from that document to create a smaller manual for the students and parents to access and an additional version that I leave with my substitute teacher plans.

This allows me to have all players on the same page. It provides a sense of security and safety for the students because they know exactly what to expect and when to expect it. It establishes a framework to our day so that the classroom runs itself and zero time is wasted with the issues that arise from downtime and inconsistency. 

I created a Teaching Classroom Routines and Procedures Workbook last summer when I did a miniseries offering tips on managing a classroom. I've had many requests to create a Blackline Design version to match the materials for my newest teacher binder inserts and was more than happy to oblige (especially since these are the materials I am using in my own room this year). 

So it is with great excitement that I share with you my new, updated Teaching Procedures & Routines Packet
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It includes over 150 routines and procedures so that you don't overlook a single, itty bitty thing when planning for how your classroom will run. The packet will provide you with a pacing calendar for pacing and teaching the routines, planning sheets to detail out how you envision each procedure in your classroom, 3 different styles of covers for your manual with matching stationary to print onto. It includes my tried and true method for teaching any and all procedures in just a few easy steps and details on how to create your manual.

I have made a video to further explain the process of planning your procedures and routines which I think you'll find helpful.'s FLASH FREEBIE includes some of the pages from the packet to get you started brainstorming, pacing and creating your own manual.  It can be downloaded here at no cost.

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