Teaching Procedures, Rules, and Respect During the First Days of Seventh Grade

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♪[theme music]>>teacher: School’s going to start next
week and I was thinking about my number one goal and what’s that is going to be. So for
me, I want my students to have a general idea of what the tone of my classroom is
going to be for the remainder of the year. Good afternoon. We’ll stop right here.
Thank you so much for finding your seat immediately and following the instructions
on the screen. I like how you’re taking out a pencil already. Good job. Good afternoon. So setting routines on the first day of
school is extremely important. It establishes for your students what your expectations
are. And…they understand as soon as they walk into your classroom they know what’s expected of them so practicing routines and establishing what the routines are going
to be are extremely important if you want your students to do well. We have tons of
procedures that you’re going to learn. Okay? We have a procedure for everything. I don’t
know about you guys but I like when I go somewhere and I know what’s expected of me.
Okay? There’s rules and procedures everywhere in life. When you go to the
airport, there’s a procedure. When you go to a restaurant and you’re ordering food, there’s
a specific way you have to order food. You’re following procedures. You may not
realize it but each and every one of us, every single day, we’re following procedures.
So that’s what I’m going to do with you today. I’m going to teach
you what my procedures are. Alright. Passing, exchanging, and collecting
papers. Now in my class, there is a right right way and there’s a wrong way. The
wrong way is front to back or back to front. It’s important that you set the expectations
in the classroom and the specific procedure. So it’s more effective for me
and the way that my classroom is set up to pass the papers from left to right. It just
makes it easier for me as a teacher. The right way is from left to right or
right to left, and you’re going to set the papers neatly to your partner; hand it to
them. Okay? So we’re going to practice. Can everybody hold this card in front of
them? When I say “go” you’re going to pass it to
the left. Okay? So they’re going to pass it all the way to you guys. But here’s the
thing: I don’t want you guys to pass it to them until you received all of their cards.
Okay? I don’t want you to pass it to them until you received all of their cards. Is
that clear? I don’t want you to pass it on until you’ve received all of theirs. Is
that clear? Here’s where the cards are going to end up. Once you pass it all the
way to the left, the cards will end up on the corner of your desks. Okay?
Ready, set, and go. Practicing routines are very important. Um,
it establishes a sense of knowing what’s expected and how to do it correctly. You
can’t expect your students to know the first time, um how to do it. So practicing
it gives them that opportunity to make sure they get it right and they do it right. And
it shows them that you are serious about that specific procedure or routine. That…took you guys sixteen seconds. What
you didn’t know is I was timing you. That’s okay, you didn’t know that you were being
timed. One other thing, in my class our transitions are six seconds. First period got
six seconds. Second period, six seconds. Third period, six seconds. Fifth period,
six seconds. We got sixteen. Don’t worry everybody else got high number too at first.
But then we practiced and we were able to pass it all out in under six seconds.
That’s what we’re going to practice now. So last row, you’re going to grab one and
pass the stack back. Okay? And go. So on day two, I like to wait to kind of
focus on the rules and consequences and rewards. It’s very important that you
establish routines and procedures first. What are my rules? I’m sure you’re eager to
know what my rules are. Well here are my classroom rules. I have five rules. Rules
and procedures are different. Procedures are how you do things. There’s a procedure
for how to walk in. There’s a procedure for how you check out a book from a library.
That-procedures are how you do things. Rules, okay, are a list of expectations.
Kind of, just guidelines. So my rules are very basic, just five general
rules. Most of the rules are school-based. Number one, no offensive language. In this
class, we respect each other just like uh I respect you, you respect your peers. Now no
offensive language does not only mean bad words. Okay? Sometimes it’s the way you say
things that could come off mean. So make sure you speak to each other respectfully and
you don’t use offensive language. Number two, come to class prepared. That is paper
and pencil. Now I know sometimes we get really busy. Sometimes our parents don’t
have time to take us to the store or we forget to ask. Make sure if you need pencil or
paper, you can come to me. I will give it to you for free. Um come to me after school
and I will be happy to give it to you. So for my rules and consequences and
rewards, I just kind of just explained it to to them and let them know that they are part
of the process and I do want their feedback and how we can make this a functioning,
fun classroom and what rewards they’re interested in. What happens if you break
the rules in my class? What happens if you break the procedures? Let’s say you don’t
come in quiet? Let’s say you decide to talk and to with your partners or just mess
around? Here are some consequences. Now, I may give you a warning. Sometimes
that warning is let’s say you are doing something you’re not supposed to be doing,
I’ll look at you and expect you to change your behavior immediately. Now, if you don’t
change your behavior what we’ll probably have to do is go over social skills at
lunch, review them until you get it. Okay? Now you don’t want to spend your lunchtime
in here. That’s the time when you can go out with your friends and have fun. Okay? So
don’t get past the verbal warning. You don’t want to get past that. Okay? And if that
doesn’t work we’re going to have to establish a working plan with you, maybe your
counselors, maybe your parents. Whatever takes. Whatever it takes to fix the
behavior. Okay? Rewards. I like to reward my students. I like to stay in this area. Okay?
Here are the different types of rewards. By the way, uh, I will allow you guys also
very soon to choose what rewards you’d like to have in the classroom. Okay? What
are some things that interest you. Maybe these are outdated? Maybe this doesn’t
interest you any more. But let me go over them. First, homework pass… Respect is a conversation um and an idea
that has to be kind of collectively shared amongst everyone in the room, in the
environment. So it’s very important for me to allow my students to establish what they
feel respect looks like in the classroom, so I really wanted to give them that
opportunity. Just waiting for all eyes on me. Excellent.
Perfect. Respect is big in my class. If you are going to be successful in my class
you must understand what it means to be respectful. You will find that I am respectful
of you from day one all the way to the very end of the school year. I will always
respect you. Okay? Now what I need to teach you is how to be respectful to each other,
to my classroom, and to the things that we’re doing. Okay? With all the things that
we do, it’s important that you are respectful. So here’s a definition that
we’re going to focus on for respect. Let’s do a closed reading. Read the words
that I pause on. Okay? To value or>>class: regard>>teacher: the worth of people and>>class: things.>>teacher: And I first kind of outlined you
know what respect means for me and gave them an opportunity to do the same. So I
think that’s what elicited this kind of honest process in which they identified certain
aspects of themselves and how they can bring respect into the classroom. I
am going to give you an opportunity to make some promises of ways in which you
can show respect in this classroom. What are five different ways you promise to
show respect in this classroom? I really want you guys to
think about these answers. Who would like to participate? What is one
promise that you’d like to share? Go.>>student: I promise not write
on the books and desks.>>teacher: Thank you. I promise to not to
write on the books or desks. Thank you for respecting property. Yes.>>student: I promise to
accept no for an answer.>>teacher: Nice. I promise to accept no for
an answer. Good. I love how many of you are participating right now. Excellent. So in a classroom it’s all about how you
frame you’re expectations positively. So there’s a five to one ratio. You want-
always want to make sure the amount of times that you are positively framing your
expectations are way more than how many times you address a negative behavior. You
guys are doing a great job of following instructions and focusing and staying on
task. Thank you. Not only did you guys put your hands up but every single one of you
were looking at me with your hands up like this. Perfect. That’s excellent. That’s what
we want to do. I like how I didn’t even say this yet, but when everyone was
sharing, the whole entire class was looking at that person. Excellent. Thank you for
giving that person your attention. So a lot of my students what they say about
me is I’m strict but in a nice way. And I like that cause it lets me know that okay I
have structure in my classroom and yes, I am strict, I have rules and procedures. But
they know that I care about them and I’m nice about it and I’m friendly. So I
actually like when students say I’m strict but in a nice way. We’re going to try
entering the classroom one more time… ♪[theme music]

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