There are many important procedures to rehearse the first two weeks of school and then continue practicing through out the year.  The following are procedures I expect to have in my classroom:

Morning Routine & Procedures

1.      Enter the classroom quietly.

2.      Unpack materials and turn in folders/papers appropriately. (Five minutes)

3.      Place any other materials in their appropriate place.

4.      Read a book or begin morning work if posted on the board.

5.      Listen to morning announcements.

6.      Listen for teacher’s directions

When a student is tardy:  When a student is tardy they will make sure to go to the front desk and get a tardy pass.  Then, they will enter the classroom quietly and leave the tardy pass on my desk.  Next, they will follow the morning procedure for entering the classroom. They are allowed to ask their neighbor what important information they might have missed at independent work time.

Knowing the schedule for the day:  I will have our class schedule posted on the board.  If there is a change, I will announce it in the morning.

Agendas:  The 4th grade students will have agendas this year. PLEASE review your child’s agenda every night!  Please hold your child accountable for their work. The agenda book is very important, if a student loses the book they will need to purchase another one.

Homework and Assignment Procedures
:  Every Monday a “Homework Grid” will be sent home.  The student is required to complete one column each night.  On Wednesdays, any information/announcements will be sent home.

During school/instructional hours students will be given enough time to finish their “in school” work. However, if they do not finish their work it will come home that night and need to be finished and returned the following school day. Students should be finishing their work in class, they will be given plenty of time and are expected to finish. Unfinished work should rarely happen, if your student is listening and diligently working during class time.

Heading on papers: When they do an assignment, they will be taught to first write their first name, and last name on the top right hand corner of their paper.  Below their name hey will write the last name of the homeroom teacher. To conclude they will write the date below.  Example:

Alexis Danna 
Aug. 26, 2008



Missing Assignments/absent work-Students will be allowed one week to make up assignments on their own time. The missing assignment must be complete in order for me to accept it.  If absent, student has the same amount of time to make up the work as they did absences.  For example, if they are absent two days, they have two days to turn in their work or if they are absent four days they have four days to make up the work. 

Grading:  There will be a specific grading rubric for each assignment and that will always be shared
with the students prior to any assignment.

Checking assignments in class:  Students will exchange papers with the person to their right.  They must check with a colored pen.  The students will mark the incorrect answer with an X. The total of the ones correct at the top of the paper and who it was corrected by at the bottom right hand corner.  THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY OTHER MARKS OTHER THEN THE ONES INDICATED HERE!  Assignments will normally be corrected and handed back by Wednesdays.

Submitting Assignments:  I will give specific instructions depending on the assignment. Homework should be kept at your desk until I ask for it.  There is a box on my desk for papers that need to be turned in to me, such as, permission forms, order forms, and notes from parents.

Passing in papers:  Since they are in groups of six will simply need to give their papers to their team leaders at the far right side of the groups.  I will then have the table captains of the week collect all the papers. 

Progress reports and report cards
will follow school procedures and scales.

Tests, Projects and Quizzes- District Assessments will be announced within a week’s time noted in the agenda. Quizzes will not always be announced. 

Checking out classroom materials:  When a student is going to use one of the books from our class library, they must write down the name of the book title, date and their name on a chart that will be posted near the book shelf. Then, when the student finishes reading the book, they are to place it back on the shelf. Lastly, they will sign it back in on the chart along with the date and their signature.

Indicating whether you understand:  In a case when we are in the middle of instruction, I will ask the students occasionally, “Thumbs up if you understand, thumbs to the side if you sort of understand, and thumbs down if you don’t”.  We also often use white boards and other strategies in addition.  I will also be making observations to check for understanding as well as providing guided practice.  Students will often be offered small group instruction after our whole group lesson.  Students will know they are more than welcome to come up to me personally before school, recess, after school, or independent work time to tell me they need help.  They can even write me a little note on their assignment or email me when home. 

A behavior chart
will be attached weekly in the student’s agenda.  At the end of each day, the student will circle the color that highlights their behavior for the day.  The various colors mean the following:   

  • Green: great day
  • Blue: okay day
  • Yellow: had a difficult time following class rules; was in time-out for 5 minutes, phone call home
  • Orange: very difficult day following class rules; was in the buddy room; wrote a note home explaining his/her behavior; note must be signed and returned.
  • Red: disruptive/disrespectful; major rule broken, received a behavioral report, and after school detention

Students are given several opportunities throughout the day to change their color back, thus, if your child comes home on a yellow, he/she had to be talked to several times and continued to do so.  You will be notified via phone call or a note home if this happens.  Please talk to your child/children about the importance of being respectful, responsible, and safe in and out of the classroom. 

Discipline:  Follow guidelines stated in the Avondale Elementary School District’s Student and Parent Handbook discipline procedures and matrix.

Bullying:  There is zero tolerance for bullying and teasing in my classroom and at the school! If I see it, hear it, or find out about it I will address the issue and contact any parents necessary.  Golden Rule: “If you can’t say anything nice - don’t say anything at all!”

Classroom Management

Voice Levels:  In order to monitor student behavior, a poster is displayed in the front of the room listing the expected noise level. These levels are:

0 - Silence is Golden: Absolute Silence. No one is talking

1 - Spy Talk: Whispering, only one person can hear you

2 - Low Flow: Small group work. Only the group can hear.

3 - Formal Normal: Normal Conversation voice.

4 - Loud Crowd: Presenting Voice, everyone can hear you.

5 - Out of Control: Playground voice, NEVER used inside.

Listening Procedures:  You should stop, look, and listen when the teacher signals.  You will hear me start the countdown- 5, 4, 3… I may also use lights out or verbal command as a signal.  If it is for a transition period, I will let my timer go off and announce to them to please do a certain action.  I may use bell signals, or clap a beat and have the students repeat it. 

Hand Signals:  Students are also required to use hand signals to get out of their seats.  This helps me to see who needs what without having to call or go all the way across the room and also very helpful when I am working with small group.  When a student has an answer to a question, he/ she will simply raise their hand.  When a student needs water they will indicate it by putting up one finger.  When a student needs to use the restroom they will put up two fingers.  When a student need to sharpen a pencil they will hold the pencil up. 

When you finish early:  The first thing a child is to do when they finish early is to go back to a previous assignment that they didn’t finish on time.  If they have everything done they will have an extension activity to work on adjusted for their ability level in the subject area. 

When a visitor stops by the classroom: When a visitor stops by the classroom and enters through the front door, I would like for them to continue to doing what they were doing before the visitor walked in.  They can quietly sit down and look at me for further instruction. I feel that our students need to learn to have a great amount of respect to others.

Transitioning into another subject/lesson: When it is time to change subjects my timer will go off and I will tell them something like, “Okay boys and girls, please put away your reading books, go back to your desks, and take out your math activity from yesterday. You have 30 seconds.” I will play a chorus of a song up to thirty sec.

Going to the office:  Student must have an office pass, sign out by the door (including the time). 

Going to the restroom:  Students will be allowed to go to the restroom by raising their hand and putting up two fingers. Then the student will sign out by the door (including the time), and go to the restroom.  The students will know they have only up to 5 minutes to use the restroom.  They should try to only use the restroom before school, during recess, after school and in the cafeteria.  If it is an emergency or student feels sick, he/she may use the restroom without permission.

Other classrooms and assemblies:  Please raise your hand and obtain permission from an adult before going to the restroom

Please discuss with your child that it is not beneficial for them to try and get out of class by continuing to ask to use the restroom when it is not honestly needed, or during class instruction. Students are always allowed to go when needed, but if a student is consistently going above norms, I will contact home about this issue.

Lining up to go to recess, assembly, and lunch: The students will stand in line according to their last name in ABC order.  I will instruct students when to get their lunches/money and line up at the door.  They will line up when I dismiss them from their desks, while I stand by the door.  They must stand in line quietly.  If they do not, we will stop.  If a particular child is causing trouble, they will stand next to me.  There will also be a line leader and a door holder every week. 

Responding to a fire drill: Students must know this is a very important practice because it could mean life or death in case that a fire really happens in our school.  They are to line up at the front door, in ABC order, quietly, and immediately when the fire drill bell rings. They will know to follow me to our designated areas and any misbehavior will not be tolerated.

Math Centers Routine & Procedures: 

(1)  Refer to groups posted in the room. Your group may change occasionally based on needs. 

(2)  Move to appropriate area of the room without disrupting others. 

(3)  Instructions and materials will be in that center. 

(4 ) If verbal instructions are needed, listen to teacher for directions. 

(5)  Always return materials back where you found them. 

(6)  Turn work in to “classwork” box when you are finished. 

(7)  Switch to next center respectfully at the next signal.

 End of Day Routine & Procedures:  ALWAYS wait for teacher to dismiss (even if bell has rung- sometimes they are wrong).