93 Classroom Procedures and Routines to Teach This School Year

The beginning of the school year is a crucial time for students and teachers. Teaching specific routines, behavior expectations, and procedures and STAYING consistent with them can really help set your students up for success during the school year.

Here is a list of MUST-TEACH procedures, expectations, and routines for your upcoming school year. I use these slides to teach them! Once these have been taught, I LOVE playing charades with my students to ensure they understand the expectations and procedures that we have in place. Check it out here!

When teaching these expectations, be sure to model them for your students. Show students what you want the behavior TO look like, as well as what you DO NOT want it to look like. Give students opportunities to practice, and be sure to correct them in the moment until they meet your expectations.

I recommend teaching students 2-4 new procedures a day, depending on the age of your students. Slowly incorporating these procedures and routines into your elementary classroom will give students a chance to become acquainted with your expectations. Let them get really good at a few procedures and routines at a time before you add more into the mix.

MORNING

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • What time are students expected to be in the classroom?
  • What should students have ALREADY done before they enter the classroom? (Maybe they need to eat breakfast and use the restroom)
  • Hanging backpacks, coats, etc.
  • Morning Routine (breakfast, unpacking, unstacking, restroom, morning work, etc.)
  • Turning in Homework/ Homework Expectations (check out this HOMEWORK LOTTERY game to reward students for turning in their homework.)
  • Where to check for assignments if a student was absent
  • Getting pencils/sharpening pencils
  • Snacks (where should they be kept and when can they be eaten? dietary restrictions)
  • What should you do if you are tardy?
  • If the teacher is not in the classroom when students arrive, what shoulds students do?

LOGISTICS

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

RESTROOM

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • When it is okay to use the restroom?
  • What are the restroom expectations?
  • Getting to and from the restroom
  • What type of restroom passes will students use?
  • Washing hands expectations
  • How should students get to the restroom?
  • How should students come back from the restroom?
  • Do students need to sign in and out?
  • How many kids can go at one time?

SPECIALS

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • Expectations you have for students when they are with other teachers
  • Getting to and from specials expectations
  • If we are in the middle of a lesson, and it is time for specials, how should students leave their things?
  • What do we do when we come back from specials?

RECESS/LUNCH

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • Recess expectations
  • Recess problem-solving tips
  • How will students walk to recess?
  • What will students do when they get outside?
  • How can students get help at recess?
  • How will students know it is time to come back inside?
  • Lunch expectations
  • When will students who brought their lunch grab it? Where should they put it?
  • How will students buy their lunch?
  • Lunch line expectations
  • Where should students sit?
  • Lunch problem-solving tips
  • How can students get help at lunch?
  • Indoor recess versus outdoor recess
  • Indoor recess expectations

SUPPLIES

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • Where students should store their supplies (glue, scissors, pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, paper, binders, books, etc.)
  • How students should keep their supplies (how should they stay organized?)
  • Where to keep supplies
  • How students should handle supplies
  • Use of technology
  • Digital citizenship
  • Where should Ipads/Chromebooks/laptops be kept?
  • Classroom library expectations (choosing books, checking out books, how to care for books, how to put away books)
  • If a supply breaks or students need a new supply, how should they take care of that?

WORK TIME

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • What are voice level expectations for each part of the day? (Snag some voice level posters here)
  • What should students do if they finish early?
  • What should independent work look like?
  • How should they get help during stations if they have a question?
  • What should students be working on?
  • Where should students be working?
  • Are students allowed to move around the room?
  • How should students be moving around the room?
  • Restroom use/getting water during station time.
  • Where to turn in assignments
  • What does quality work look like?
  • How should students head their papers?
  • Working independently versus with a partner versus in a small group

EMERGENCY

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • Fire drill (expectations and logistics)
  • Lockdown (expectations and logistics)
  • Shelter in place (expectations and logistics)
  • Tornado drill (expectations and logistics)
  • Hurricane (expectations and logistics)
  • Intruder (expectations and logistics)

END OF THE DAY

DISCUSS, MODEL, AND TEACH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS, AND ROUTINES:

  • Classroom jobs
  • How you expect students to clean up
  • What do students need to take home with them?
  • What should students do if they finish packing up before their classmates?
  • How do you want students to say goodbye to you at the end of the day?
  • Where should students go to get home?
  • Hallway expectations for the end of the day