Routines for the First 30 Days

Do you have a First 30 Days Binder?  I do!  If you spend the first 30 days establishing routines and procedures, the rest of your year will run smoothly.... To see more about resources and books that I recommend, go visit my blog. 

Here are some suggestions for how to get ready for

whole group instruction.

*What to work on : smooth transitions to and from the circle as well as how to sit at the circle (or another designated whole group spot).
* Why? We will use this area for whole groups instruction in reading, math, science, social studies, writing, and morning meetings so the routines need to be seamless.
  • Begin with a signal - either a bell, a clapping pattern, a click or calling by table groups. Practice the signal so that students know what the signal is and what to do when they hear it.
  • Model how to come to the area - walking calmly & carefully and with a purpose to the spot. Sit down and wait quietly until everyone is ready.
  • Discuss what to do while at the spot: Eyes on the speaker, Raise hands to speak, Side Conversations are not appropriate unless it's a Turn and Talk time, Focus on what the speaker is is important.
  • Practice ending the group and returning back to student seats.

If you use the same common language and routines in every content area, you will have limited disruptions and less behavioral problems.

Here is a sheet to add to your binder to help you remember routines for the First 30 Days.

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