is the Right Time
for Rules and Routines
Whether it is the week
after a long break or the day after you have returned from
a Fred Jones Workshop, the time is right to teach Rules and
Routines. Just think "fresh start."
Here are some tips from Fred:
A classroom routine is simply a well-rehearsed
response to a teacher's directive. The alternative is usually
noise, milling around, and time wasting on the part of students,
as well as nagging on the part of the teacher.
routine is, therefore, one of a teacher's primary labor-saving
devices. Yet, classroom routines are not free.
- They are not
simply to be announced.
- They must be taught and practiced.
- The time invested is an
example of Proactive vs. Reactive Management.
- Prevention is
cheaper than remediation.
"Pay me now, or pay me later.
Do it right, or
do it all year long."
By this Time Students
Know How to Behave. True or False?
Students, of course, know
how to behave in class. The question is do they have to? Students
adjust their behavior to match the standards of each teacher.
Rules and Routines
We never tell you what your rules and routines
should be, but we do tell you that for students to get it,
you need to "Practice,
Practice, Practice." And then there is Fred's favorite saying
by Vince Lombardi: "Only
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect."
Given the above, make a list
of what you expect your students to do routinely. It might
include where to put their coats when they walk in the door,
how to take their chairs off the desk, where to put their homework,
etc. Include how you want them to respond when you ask them
a question and how you want them to gain the floor and relinquish
the floor during a discussion.
If it is something you do routinely,
doing it efficiently can save you a lot of learning time and
a lot of stress.
Now that you have focused on what rules and
routines you want to reteach and reinforce, here's the next
Say, See, Do
The strength of the verbal modality is its unique ability
to convey information. But, don't stop there. Saying only loads
the information onto the auditory modality in which storage
is poor. In one ear and out the other.
The visual modality
is capable of producing immediate comprehension almost effortlessly.
Therefore, let them see what you want them to do by modeling
and providing a VIP. A picture is worth a thousand words.
physical modality produces a unique depth of understanding.
Hence the saying, "We
learn by doing." So now get them up on their feet and have