I just finished preparing for our first day of school. I thought I’d share some of the posters/procedures that have made the last 23 years much easier.
BORROWING PENCILS: I always have students who need to borrow pencils. I have tried all different types of check-out systems. Having them leave their backpacks underneath a table right next to my desk has helped. All they do is place the backpack under the table and I hand them a pencil. At the end of class, they hand me their pencil and then grab their backpack. (I also wrap each one of my pencils with a small piece of duck tape in case they forget to return it.)
RESTROOM SIGN-OUT: I have a folder for each class period. My students are allowed one restroom trip per week. If it’s truly an emergency, they are allowed to borrow from the next week. At the end of each week, I draw a line to start a new week. When students leave the room, they sign out and then sign back in.
Student-Owned Technology Procedures: I find that posting the expectations regarding student-owned technology from the first day of school makes the battle with electronics quite a bit easier. Here are some of my procedures.
In-Class reading: Because I often will give a grade for their silent-reading, I tell my students I must see their face during reading time. Everyone starts with an “A” if they are on-task the whole time they get to keep their “A”. If they are seen off-task, they get a letter-grade deduction each time. I tell them it’s an easy “A” if they can stay focused!