Routines in the classroom are important in several ways and should be established as soon as the school year begins. But must these routines be performed to perfection? Yes and no. Yes in the sense that they should be done as they were taught. No in the sense that you may allow some freedom within the routine as you, the teacher, see fit. What if they don’t perform the routine perfectly? Then teach it to them again.
- Elementary teachers should provide detailed modeling so that students can have a proper routine framework.
- Middle and high school students won’t need as much modeling, but they do need clear instructions.
- As you repeat the routines you’ll be able to define them more and more, until they become second nature.
“The key to turning the vision of what you want your routines to look like into reality is in the teaching.”