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Mornings can be one of the most chaotic times of the day in your classroom, but solid routines help! If you don't have a clear morning routine yet, then you're going to love this hack, which I'm calling your Rock-Star Ready Morning Routine.
The first step to creating a morning routine that's going to work for you is to decide on your morning list of must-dos.
For example, you may want your students to hand in their agendas, or swap out books in their book bins. These are things that you want your students to do right when they come into the classroom.
In my classroom, the morning routine that my students followed was:
Whatever five or six steps you want your students to take when they first come into your classroom each morning are the five or six steps that you should have clearly listed on your board.
Most importantly, don’t forget to practice this with your students in the first few weeks of school until they can do it without any reminders from you!
Then, once your students know their routine, all you need to say is, Hey kiddos, get rock star ready! - and your students are going to know exactly what to do. It's like a verbal cue for them to look at the board and get started.
This rock-star ready morning routine will quickly become one of those routines that you’re so glad you put in place! Having routines like this in place will save you so much time throughout every single day.
Inside the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, I teach you exactly how to think through and create all of the routines and procedures that you’re going to need inside your classroom. Plus, I teach you how to teach them to your students in the first few weeks of school so you can set yourself up for success from the start.
To learn more about the Academy, you can head here.
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I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement many of these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for many of the hacks.
So when you check out my Dr. Lori's Dollar Store, you're going to see that I'm creating very simple templates for you to grab and go with for only a dollar each. Then you can implement these hacks quickly and easily inside your classroom (as soon as tomorrow!).
I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?
Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out.
I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand.
It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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