Activity 3 – Routine and examples / Routines and Procedures’
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Choose your top 3-5 routines that you would like to implement in your classroom along with parallel routines for the online classroom. Review your Learning Environment Plan and complete item number three, ‘Routines and Procedures’.
Based on the discussion with your cohort (the discussion is at the end of the document), revisit your routines to make any modifications to the routines and procedures in your Learning Environment Plan. Use the commenting feature to highlight these changes and give reasons for the same.
Note: the examples of Routines and Procedures discussed with my group are at the bottom of this document. You can also hear what was discussed in video, the links are below.
Remember the age group I teach when you fill this in. I copied the entire assignment instructions so you can see clearer what I’m doing. When it comes to brainstorming situations etc. with my cohort to put on the discussion forum, I’ll do that and should be able to refer to item number 3 “Routine and Procedures” to help me out that you fill in.
Go to Step 3 of the Learning Management Plan on “routines and procedures” is below.
Information about me:
I have a bachelor’s in social work and a Masters in Special Education. I work as a para-educator at an elementary school. I assist in the general classroom PK1-3 mornings, and I assist with the Autism Spectrum Dept afternoons. I’m taking this teaching certification 9 month course so I can teach.
I intend to teach year level PK1 – 3.
In order to have a classroom conducive to learning, students need to follow the teacher’s expectations. You must have routines developed so that students know what to expect and what to do in the classroom. Also, you should be prepared to manage situations where students are unable or unwilling to follow the set routine.
- Candidates plan routines and procedures to help them effectively manage physical and online learning environments.
What will you do?
- Brainstorm situations where you would need to set routines in the classroom with your cohort. For example, an entry routine (coming into the classroom, packing away materials, starting work) and an exit routine (copying homework, lining up, exiting the classroom). You should modify the routines to make them appropriate to your students’ grade level. Discuss alternate, age-appropriate routines for teaching in an online learning environment.
- Choose your top 3-5 routines that you would like to implement in your classroom along with parallel routines for the online classroom. Review your Learning Environment Plan and complete item number three, ‘Routines and Procedures’.
- Share scenarios in the Virtual Classroom or Discussion Forum where students do not adhere to routines and procedures. Consider how to effectively respond to these situations. (For example, how will you respond when a student interrupts a lesson to ask for a pencil?)
- Based on the discussion with your cohort, revisit your routines to make any modifications to the routines and procedures in your Learning Environment Plan. Use the commenting feature to highlight these changes and give reasons for the same.
- Cohort Discussion on routines and procedures
- Step 3 of of the “Learning Management Plan” on routines and procedures
Plan for Managing the Learning Environment
- Classroom Culture and Climate:
Write a reflection on what you think constitutes a positive classroom climate. List 3-5 strategies that you would like to try in your own classroom. The strategies should rely on professional learning communities and address the physical, social, and emotional needs of the whole child.
|Classroom Culture and Climate|
|Reflection: I believe a positive classroom climate is one in which all students feel welcome, safe, and included. Such an environment is also one where adults are engaged with students and frequently provide feedback to encourage learning and growth. Positive classroom climates are those where constructive feedback is given even when students are not able to perform as expected; rather they understand that even when they make mistakes or have behavior issues there is always an opportunity to reset and return to the process of learning without fear of exclusion or humiliation. A positive classroom climate is characterized by mutual respect, openness, fairness, positivity, and a sense of belonging. A positive classroom climate is one in which all students feel respected, valued, and included. Teachers with positive classroom environments create an atmosphere of mutual respect, where students can express their opinions without fear of judgment or criticism. Students are more likely to be motivated, engaged, and enthusiastic about their learning because they feel heard and appreciated. Secondly, diversity is celebrated and embraced in a classroom with a positive climate. Teachers contribute to a positive classroom climate when they create an inclusive learning environment where differences are not only accepted but celebrated. Students feel like they belong in classrooms with positive climates and they know that their unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued. Lastly, a positive classroom climate is one where students feel challenged as well as supported. Teachers in such classrooms provide appropriate feedback, constructive criticism, and opportunities for growth that encourage students to take appropriate risks, make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. Students who feel the support of their teachers and peers in positive classroom environments are more likely to persevere through difficult tasks and overcome obstacles. Strategies for Positive Classroom Climate|
Set clear expectations for behavior, participation, and academic standards, and reinforce them consistently. Build positive relationships with students by learning their names, engaging in conversations, showing interest in their lives, and modeling positive behaviors. Use inclusive practices to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and encourage respect for differences. Teach students to appreciate and respect different cultures, beliefs, and values. Incorporate student voices into the learning process by allowing them to make decisions, provide feedback, and contribute to class discussions.
|Strategies or Modifications for Virtual Learning Environment Virtual learning environments can be modified to allow all students their preferred modality of participation and by including representations of various cultures in online learning experiences.|
Set clear expectations for behavior, participation, and academic standards, and reinforce them consistently. In the virtual environment, this means having expectations posted in a common area in the classroom learning management system, displayed on a slide at various points throughout the class, and verbally referred to on a regular basis. Build positive relationships with students by learning their names, engaging in conversations, showing interest in their lives, and modeling positive behaviors. In a virtual environment this may also mean having space in the learning management system classroom to celebrate individual students and times when the teacher conducts “office hours” to meet individually with students and their families. Use inclusive practices to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and encourage respect for differences. Teach students to appreciate and respect different cultures, beliefs, and values. In the virtual learning environment, this means using various displays/backgrounds in video calls, diverse banners in the learning management system, and specific reference to the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of authors of materials utilized in instruction. Videos can also be a key means of engaging students who need modification of materials to access learning and those videos can reflect diversity in their creation. Incorporate student voices into the learning process by allowing them to make decisions, provide feedback, and contribute to class discussions. In the virtual environment this means purposefully asking all students to contribute by giving them time and space to do so. Some may choose to have their cameras on and others may have avatars but all should be encouraged to participate in class discussion verbally or through posting in the class chat space.
2 Classroom Norms and Behavior Expectations:
Classroom norms are the foundation of a safe, engaging, and student-centered learning environment. List 3-5 clear, concise, and positively framed norms and expectations that will guide the learning environment.
- Universal and Simple: Focus on some themes or big ideas that might include respect and integrity. Do not include every possible rule or policy you might need; rather generate a few overarching norms that encompass many rules.
- Positive: Norms are positive statements about what students and teachers do in order to learn and collaborate effectively. Avoid negative norms (i.e. “Do not…” “No…”).
- Collaborative: Involve your students in developing and discussing norms and expectations. This allows them to contribute and gives ownership of the class.
|Classroom Norms and Behavior Expectations|
|Respect: Students show respect to their teachers, peers, and themselves. This is demonstrated by actively listening when others are speaking, refraining from interrupting other speakers, the absence of hurtful language, and demonstrating appropriate tone and body language. Responsibility: Students take responsibility for their own learning by coming to class prepared, completing tasks on time, requesting help when needed, and being active in class discussions. Collaboration: Students work collaboratively with their peers by sharing ideas, listening to multiple perspectives, and problem solving together. Open-mindedness: Students are open-minded and willing to consider alternate ideas and perspectives. They engage in respectful debate and discourse, actively listen to others, and are open to changing opinions based on new information.|
|Strategies or Modifications for the Virtual Learning Environment Respect: In the virtual environment, the teacher will remind students to mute their microphones when not speaking, use the chat feature when appropriate and with respect, always remain focused and attentive, and use appropriate backgrounds. Responsibility: In the virtual environment, the teacher will ensure technology is functioning properly and utilized with purpose. Students will participate in a designated learning space free from distraction and reach out to the teacher with questions or concerns. Collaboration: In the virtual environment, virtual breakout rooms will support work on group projects and students will actively participate in online discussions (posted or live. Open-mindedness: In the virtual environment, students will learn patience with technological issues, be encouraged to take think time (quiet time) to consider different viewpoints shared both in online and offline discussions (e.g., discussion boards), and have opportunities to participate in group activities and discussions with others from different cultures and backgrounds.|
3, Routines and Procedures:
Clear and consistent routines and procedures assist teachers in managing their learning environment effectively. List out your top 3-5 routines and procedures that you would implement in your own classroom. Following a routine lets students know what to expect each day in class. While moving away from the routine periodically can be effective for special days, doing it often causes students to be unprepared. (Add more rows as needed to the table.) Include modifications that you would make for situations when students don’t adhere to a particular routine or procedure.
|Clear Routines and Procedures|
|Situation||Steps (and Modifications, if any)|
|Example: Entry Routine|
|Example: Exit Routine|
|Routines for the Online Classroom:|
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