Effective Classroom Practices

Procedures and Routines

Establish smooth operation of instructional and procedural activities, transitions, and getting whole group attention

"When teachers establish and consistently follow routines, the routines, not the teacher, become the "class manager"." ~Simonsen and Meyer

This infographic provides more information on establishing procedures and routines.

This video offers an example of establishing role-assignments in a group to give answers, as well as pre-correcting the expectation of this.

Listen to this narrated slideshow to learn more about establishing procedures and routines


How does this strategy connect with other initiatives in LPS?

Trauma Informed Care

  • When we provide clearly defined routines and procedures, students know what to expect.
  • Reducing the stress of the unknown helps students to operate in a state of calm.
  • Clearly established routines also increases the likelihood of adults identifying and prompting students of possible changes, which is likely to prevent or reduce the impact the change may have on student behavior.

Danielson Framework

  • Students knowing what to do and where to move (2c)
  • Smooth functioning of all routines (2c)
  • Little or no loss of instructional time (2c)
  • Students play an important role in carrying out the routines (2c)
  • Body language indicative of warmth and caring shown by teacher and students (2a)
  • Physical proximity (2a)