Our topic of the week is Rules routines and rituals.
Do not assume that children know how to behave; regardless of age teach them the rules that operate in the classroom and precise routines and rituals for individual activities.
Decide on the precise behaviours that you expect from your students; draw up a list of 4/5 rules.
Use positive language when drafting rules and routines; identify the behaviours that your want to see rather than those which you don’t want.
Consider using ‘Follow instructions first time given’ as your first and most important rule.
Do not negotiate rules, routines and rituals until you are confident that such discussions will be a productive use of time.
Teach the children your routines for formal learning activities (independent work, group discussion, think/pair/share etc).
Teach the children…
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