A free downloadable classroom procedures checklist for elementary teachers

Classroom Procedures Checklist for Upper Elementary Teachers

As a teacher, you know that your classroom can’t run like a well-oiled machine unless students know what exactly what is expected of them.  Use the list of classroom procedures and routines below to help you decide what procedures need to be taught when you head back to school this year. Or, download this free pdf for a printable version: …

The benefits of personal whiteboards and dry erase markers in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom, as well as things to consider when setting up procedures

Using Whiteboards and Dry Erase Markers in the Elementary Classroom

I really don’t know what I would have done if I had to teach in a time before personal whiteboards and dry erase markers. They were essential to my classroom – so essential that they are one of my 11 Must Haves for Upper Elementary Teachers. We didn’t just use them on a daily basis in my classroom – we …

17 fun ways to review classroom procedures with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

17 Fun Ways to Review Classroom Procedures

We all know the importance of teaching and reviewing classroom procedures. As upper elementary school teachers, we are bombarded with recommendations to practice routines and procedures constantly, particularly the first week of school, and then to keep practicing them throughout the school year. But how do you teach and review procedures over and over again without boring your 3rd, 4th, …

Morning routine procedures for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students for a smooth and calm morning

Setting up a Classroom Morning Routine That Works

For me, having well thought out morning procedures is absolutely crucial to my survival in an upper elementary classroom. Not only does the classroom morning routine set the tone for the day, but it is also the best time of day to do all those annoying but necessary tasks like sharpening pencils and turning in field trip forms. It’s also …

Minimize classroom interruptions using hand signals in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms

How to Minimize Interruptions by Using Hand Signals in Your Classroom

I HATE interruptions in the classroom. Most teachers hate being interrupted, I’ll admit. But I really, REALLY hate it. So when my 3rd grade students would interrupt a lesson to ask an off topic question related to bodily functions, it would make my blood boil a little. I always felt bad about getting so aggravated. I mean, if I had …

Tips for setting up elementary classroom dismissal procedures in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Setting up Elementary Classroom Dismissal Procedures

I’ve never seen a movie or TV show that showed an accurate depiction of what dismissal time is like in the elementary classroom. Usually, you’ll hear a bell ringing and then see hundreds of students come running out the door screaming without any supervision or procedures in place. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers know that dismissal is NOTHING like …

how to manage bathroom breaks - setting up procedures for whole class bathroom breaks

Setting up Bathroom Break Procedures for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students

I’m convinced that more people would appreciate the worth of teachers if they were required to get 25+ students to use the bathroom quickly, quietly, and without making a mess. Creating good bathroom break procedures is a skill that elementary teachers have to finely tune if they want their year to run smoothly. Throughout my years teaching, I experimented with …