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Establishing classroom protocols

Setting up classroom protocols at the beginning of the course allows students and teachers to be more comfortable in the classroom setting. Below you will find ideas for setting up your classroom and managing day-to-day logistics. As you view these tools, think about how you could adjust them to fit the goals you have for your classroom.

Visible weekly schedule

This is a simple tool that allows students to view the activities for the day as well as for the week. Students know what to expect when they walk into class and what they may have missed if they were absent.

When will you revise/update the schedule—weekly, daily, or bi-weekly? How detailed will your schedule be? Can this schedule help you keep track of your week?

Student 3-ring binder

Students often struggle to get their materials organized and keep them organized. A 3-ring binder is a tool that can be required of each student and used daily in class. Possible binder sections include warm-up pages, grade sheets, notes, classwork sections and journal space.

What sections are critical for your class? How often will you grade the class binders? How will the binders be integrated into your class systems and structures?

Student absence folder

Having an absence folder system can really help manage absent students. Each student has a folder with his/her name on it. When students are absent, the teacher (or a designated student) places missed work in their folders. Students go to the absence folder when they return to class and find what they missed. This especially helps when students are out for long periods of time because it allows the teacher to keep all missed materials in one location.

How will you keep track of when the absent work is to be turned in? How will you set up the expectation that all absent students check their folders immediately when they return to class?