Reflection: Routines and Procedures Food Chains & Food Webs: Reteach/Extend - Section 2: Ready...Set...Engage.


If you've read some of my lessons, you'll notice that my lessons always start the same way.  This is one of the set routines that I use in my class and over time I've come to see the vitalness of starting routines in the class, especially in impacted schools.

My students come from 10 different elementary schools.  There are no set rituals or routines that they are all used to.  As well, our school generally has a great deal of teacher turnover meaning that there is little consistency in how teachers in the school start or maintain learning in their classrooms.  This makes running a high functioning class difficult.  My students have many LEARNED behaviors to delay learning and work.  They often come in loud with a lot of energy, they walk around the room, talk to their friends.  The bell rings and most of the students are out of their seats.  It might take 5 min to get them settled down and even then the class hasn't started in a tight way.  

Since you can't control what the students come in with or how other teachers run their classes, you can only set up rituals and routines that you can hold students accountable to during your time with the kids.  I train my students from day one how to walk into the room, get materials, sit down, and get started on the opening question and learning goal.  When the bell rings my expectation is that students are in their seats working.  

It's easy to set up routines early in the year, as time goes on students push against the norms and go back to their learned behaviors.  It's important to find reward techniques and consequences to keep the kids settled into the routines.  When class starts immediately and you are able to do bell to bell instruction you are able to create a learning community that all students can depend on.  

  The difference between having routines and not having routines.
  Routines and Procedures: The difference between having routines and not having routines.
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Food Chains & Food Webs: Reteach/Extend

Unit 6: Energy in Life: Food Chains & Food Webs
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to read and interpret food chains, food webs, and food pyramids.

Big Idea: Small changes can mean big problems for ecosystems.

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