Classroom Routines

At the beginning of my student-teaching experience, I employed many of my cooperating teacher’s routines regarding turning in homework and classwork, reviewing, etc. But, as I became more comfortable with controlling the class, I began to change the routines subtly to fit my personality and organizational style. By the end of the experience, I had developed an organizational system that worked for me and was efficient enough at getting papers graded and returned to the students. Another aspect of the efficient use of classroom time was including a ‘while you wait’ activity at the beginning of almost every class, and this allowed the students a chance to review and me a chance to return papers and hand out the day’s papers. It also made the students focus right away when coming into class, and this allowed us to maximize the instructional time that we had together.

Student and Desk Arrangement

Another aspect of classroom management is the physical location of tables and desks in the room and the arrangement of the students who sit in those seats. I rearranged the seating arrangement in some manner three out of the four classes that I taught, and in every case this helped with discipline and attentional problems some students were having. In the classroom, we have 13 two-student lab tables and 2 single-student desks arranged in rows and columns, giving a maximum class size of 28 students. An example of rearranging student seats is:

Seating Chart.pdf
Revised Seating Chart.pdf

There are many differences between these two seating arrangements, because students had a variety of needs. Some students showed me that they could handle being farther away, but other students showed me that they really needed to be closer when I was instructing. Many of the lab activities also involve table partners, so I worked to ensure that all table partners worked well together.

Classroom Management Plan

Statement of Purpose:

Our classroom will provide a safe and positive learning environment, promoting teamwork, creativity, and academic excellence. All students will be engaged in the learning process to reach their full potential.

Classroom Rules:

  1. Report to class on time with all necessary materials
  2. Follow directions the first time.
  3. Respect the feelings, space, and property of others.
  4. Complete all classwork and homework on time.


Establish procedures for all necessary tasks the students must complete, such as entering class late, missing a day of class, going to the bathroom, and dismissal from class.

Positive Consequences:

  • Free and frequent:
    • Verbal praise
    • High five/fist bump
  • Intermittent:
    • Notes home
    • Phone calls
    • Choice in projects
  • Strong and long-term
    • Field trips
    • Special projects
    • Honor roll
    • Improvement Wall of Fame

Negative Consequences:

  • Level 1: General reminder
  • Level 2: Individual reminder
  • Level 3: Discussion after class with offending student(s)
  • Level 4: Environment and/or privilege modification
  • Level 5: Parent contact
  • Level 6: Office referral