I know it seems a little early to be thinking about next year already, especially if you are wondering if you are even going to make it through THIS year. But Spring is actually the perfect time to revisit classroom routines and procedures.
For instance, let’s say you don’t like the way your students act after lunch. Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by homework and are spending way too much time grading papers and chasing down missing assignments.
You have a few ideas you’d like to try, but is it too late in the year to make changes? Absolutely not! In fact, the novelty of a new routine can sometimes be a catalyst for improving student behavior.
A natural time to revisit classroom routines and procedures is right after Spring Break. Add your new procedure into the mix, and see how it goes. You can even let your students know you’re testing out something for next year and ask for their suggestions.
Once you and your students have debugged your new routine, you can roll it out next year, confident that it works. And who knows? Your new system might even help make things a little better this year, too.
Whatever you do, don’t wait till next year to make needed changes. You don’t have to continue doing something that’s not working, just because you’ve always done it that way.
Now go create a great day for yourself and your students!
Katrina Ayres, PositiveTeachingStrategies.com
PS – If you need help figuring out your new routine, I recommend two exercises from my book, The Take-Charge Teacher:
- The What’s Bothering You exercise, where you make a list of things that are driving you crazy in your classroom, and
- The Ideal Class exercise where you imagine everything going perfectly, and write it down, step by step.
You can get free templates for these two activities here, along with all the other resource materials from the book.
You may also want to ask your colleagues for suggestions, or search for ideas on educational websites or Pinterest. Or you could always ask your colleagues in our Awesome Teacher Nation private Facebook group. Ask to join here.