“The number one problem in the classroom is not discipline. It is the lack of procedures and routines,” according to class management experts, Harry and Rosemary Wong. In their recent edition of the First Days Of School and their new book The Classroom Management Book, the Wongs discuss key components of managing a classroom with the development of procedures as paramount. A procedure is what the teacher wants done. Some examples of procedures that become student routines are the beginning of class, how to ask for help, how to quiet the class, and the end of class. The trick is to first teach the procedure to the class, then model it, practice it, and reinforce it when necessary. Similar to academic teaching. At Varina, students do not receive computers until the second week of school, so the first days are optimal for teaching and practicing procedures.
New teachers, at the suggestion of principal Ann Marie Seely, who by the way met the Wong’s in person this summer, created class management plans outlining the procedures they felt were important for their classroom. They created a presentation to share with their classes as well as made available hard copies of the procedures to give to the students. Click on the pictures below to take a look at a couple of the presentations. Notice the positive behavior expectations that these teachers outlined for their students. The first sample presentation was created by Jennifer Peters, new Family and Consumer Science teacher, and the second one was created by Nick Kuhn, who came to Varina in the middle of the year last year as a welcome addition to the illustrious English department.