Chapter 3 fits perfectly with Dr. Wong's idea of procedures, procedures, procedures. Grade level---and then school-wide---consistency is crucial in order to set and maintain a positive tone to maximize learning. I appreciate the idea of establishing that breaking a rule should result in a consequence, while failure to follow a procedure should involve practice!
I believe this chapter made some great points and correlates with what we learned over the summer in the Joe Cole's workshop. It reviewed the concept of limiting the number of rules in the classroom to no more than five and remaining consistent in providing rules, consequences, and procedures. This chapter relates well to what we are trying to do as a school right now in creating a consistent environment K-6.
This chapter made a lot of sense to me. When we first started school I spent almost two weeks teaching and reviewing the procedures that I wanted followed in my classroom I thought I was honestly wasting my time. Now with half the school year over I really notice the difference on how quickly I can keep students on track by reminding them of the procedures. This chapter also reeinforced what we learned From Joe Coles. I think if we teach procedures we will have less of a problem with discipline in the classroom.
I love this chapter. It really helped me to take a look at the differences of rules and procedures. I have always listed rules, but not my procedures. I am going to form a list of procedures that will assist me as well as the students. I sometimes need to remind myself of how I do things so that I am consistant with that procedure. It does go along with Joe Cole's lessons.
I agree with Bonita. This article really made me look at rules and procedures in a different way. I know at the beginning of each year in first grade we go over procedures A LOT. Like Bonita said, I posted the rules but not procedures. I could post procedures by using pictures and with words. This way it would help the students when they needed a quick reminder. I like how the article states the difference between rules and procedures. Our school wide procedure we are using is great. It goes along with what we learned with Joe Cole.
Being consistent is the key. I love the six simple steps in establishing procedures. This was a great article!
I used to think that I had toooo many procedures. But, looking back...I really think things went better. I was always strict, but the kids knew that I loved them. I like the nice and consistent. We can be strict, structured, and organized...but we don't have to be mean. I liked this chapter. It really clarified things, and helps us to get our priorities straight.
This article served to reinforce the concepts taught by Joe Coles. When we have our rules and procedures in place, we are able to dedicate more time to teaching and learning. Strict and structured is not mean. Rather, children establish a comfortable routine, something that so many of our kids lack. Once they understand what is expected, they are able to relax and focus on learning.
I agree with this chapter and the idea of "rules vs. procedures". I have found that if a teacher establishes procedures, the classroom will run more efficiently for the rest of the year. I have also found that procedures must be retaught several times throughout the year--especially with younger grades. Even though children say they don't like rules, the benefits of consistent rules and consequences with positive reinforcement has proved itself time and time again for me. I have found that when I am feeling frustrated with classroom management that I have often forgot to "work the plan" that I have put into place for rules and consequences.
I absolutely love this chapter and the way the chapter explained the difference between rules and procedures. I feel taking the time to set rules and procedures at the beginning of the school year is so important and will set the tone of the classroom for the whole school year. I think students need and want the consistency of rules and procedures in the classroom and in our school. This chapter ties in to the things we have implemented through our p.d. with Joe Coles.
This chapter reassured me that by spending the first 2 weeks of school establishing my rules and procedures really is worth it.The key is to be consistent with the procedures and consequences for breaking rules. The key is to be willing to continually practice procedures throughout the year, even when you feel you really don't have the time to go over the procedures again.
I alos like the fact that we have school wide procedures that the students will be "practicing" every year. (Wellborn 1,2,3).
I really agree with this chapter. It makes your day go so much smoother if the students know what you expect. It also helps that they know where things are located in your room. If you have clear procedures it cuts down on the amount of questions you have to answer because the students already know the answer.
I believe this chapter made some great points and explained the difference between rules and procedures. I felt that it really tied together some of the things we learned about this summer in the Joe Coles workshop. You should always take time to set rules and procedures at the beginning of the school. It will set the tone in your classroom for the whole year. The chapter relates well to how we are planning to be consistent with rules and procedures.
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