Implementing routines gives students a straightforward outline to follow and provides a “map” showing students the appropriate behaviour that teachers expect. When routines are followed again and again and never change, they create total consistency for both teacher and student. It is called forming a good, effective habit. Routines are the most effective, time-saving device that teachers can use, because the automate classroom management and make rules easier to follow. Routines let students know exactly what they have to do to succeed in the classroom environment.Well established routines and effectively communicatedexpectations ensure an efficient classroom to maximize student learning. If done correctly, there should be no confusion, at any point, during a lesson as to what is expected from students. Without clear and concise instructions classrooms can easily turn into chaos. Vague instructions can lead to unmanageable situations because students don’t know what the teacher expects. Even though some well-behaved students will remain appropriate in their actions and do what is expected, others will take advantage of unclear instructions, using the time to chat or waste time. This will result in the teacher becoming increasingly frustrated as time ticks along and students continue to not do what she expects. The teacher will end up repeating instructions, raising her voice, and having to deal with escalating behaviour problems.Setting up successful routines will take time and effort on thepart of the teacher. Students need to be taught exactly what is expected of them for every part of a lesson so they learn what the appropriate behaviour is in each situation. Once a teacher has spent teaching a routine like, how to get ready for the end of lesson bell, there will be no confusion or wasted time. There will be no need to give extra instructions or to incessantly repeat information, or to yell at those students not properly following the instructions. Everyone will know what to do because they will have practiced the routine and it is the same every single day.

By: Mrs. Emmanda C. Cruz | Carbon Elem. School | Limay Bataan

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