Starting your instructional day on the right foot is not as easy as you think. Morning routines in the classroom are a critical part of getting students focused and ready to learn for the day. Having effective routines and meaningful morning work is essential, but there is more to the story. Here are some simple tips for having a seamless, stress-free morning routine in any classroom.
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SET CLEAR EXPECTATIONS for your MORNING ROUTINE
- Talking or No Taling? – I always suggest allowing students time to socialize first thing in the morning. Just like us, they have a lot on their mind and are more than likely anticipating seeing their friends. Decide how much socializing time is okay and set those expectations.
- Stay Seated or Move Around? – Depending on what you are trying to accomplish during your morning routine, you may decide students can either move around the room, or they should stay in their seats.
- The Check List – What do you want your students to accomplish? To download my super helpful checklist, click below!
ESTABLISH A MORNING ROUTINE
- Unpack backpack and place all homework in the designated location.
- Turn in any papers or forms.
- Eat breakfast (this depends on your school)
- Complete Daily Spiral Review Morning Work.
USE EFFECTIVE MORNING WORK
- I use a spiral review system that consists of only 7-8 questions per day.
- It is a Monday through Thursday system, and students work off of one piece of paper for the entire week.
- The problems students complete directly correlate to the concepts they have been taught and what we are currently working on in class.
- Each day, I take about 5 minutes to answer questions and review the work.
- On Friday, my students complete a mini quiz directly related to the material covered week.
- I use the mini-assessment to collect data on where my students are and where they need to go next.
If you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to visit my blog and read “Morning Work that Works“.