50 Beginning Of The School Year Procedures For A Stress-Free Classroom

by TeachThought Staff

Procedures can make a significant difference the learning of your students. Organization can lead to student engagement, and student engagement can lead to, of course, learning.

Note that this post is all about classroom procedures–not your typical TeachThought fare, but considering you’re most likely a teacher, or work directly with teachers, it could make your life a bit easier. So here we go–pretty self-explanatory: 50 Beginning Of The School Year Procedures For A Stress-Free Classroom. (Note that we’re going to add to the list, so it will eventually be more than 50.)

50 Beginning Of The School Year Procedures For A Stress-Free Classroom

General Classroom Procedures

  • What supplies are expected daily
  • When lining up is necessary, and how to do it
  • Where to access make-up assignments
  • How to contact the teacher after school
  • What the policies are for restroom use
  • What the policy and logistics of make-up work are
  • Classroom and school policies for dress code, water fountain, prescribed medication, pencil sharpening, and gum, food and drink
  • What to do in the event of an emergency/lockdown/fire drill
  • What to do when a guest enters the room (speaker, administrators for walk-throughs, other students, etc.)
  • What the grading scale is
  • What to do when work is completed early
  • What the policy is for pencils/pens
  • When it is and is not appropriate to be out of your seat
  • What the rules for positve/negative reinforcement are (i.e., this happens for following/not following rules)

Digital Citizenship

  • What digital citizenzhip is and why it matters
  • What log-ins are required for technology use
  • When and how to access school WiFi with school/personal devices
  • How log-in information should be stored by student
  • Where to go with log-in information/problems
  • What information it is and isn’t appropriate to share online
  • What the school policy is on content access online
  • The definition of and consequences for cyberbullying
  • What kinds of content it is and isn’t appropriate to access at school

Before Class  

  • How students should enter and exit the classroom
  • How class will begin daily
  • What to do upon entering the classroom

Classroom Behavior

  • What the “class rules” are
  • How to get the teacher’s attention
  • How to respond to a call-and-response (e.g., “clap once if you hear me…”)
  • How the classroom will be quieted
  • How students will be corrected
  • What students should expect every day from the teacher
  • What the teacher can expect every day from the students
  • What the school/classroom technology/smartphone/tablet policy is
  • What to do with unfinished work (also if there is any specific policy like a “no zero” policy)


  • How to pass papers (direction, for example)
  • How digital assignments are turned in
  • What students should do when they’re absent
  • What students should do if they’re uncertain or confused
  • What students should do when they fall behind
  • How paperwork is collected/assignments are turned in
  • What the policy is for homework, missing work, extra-credit and other related classroom activities is

Group Work

  • What group work should look/sound/feel like
  • How to use positive pre-supposition stems and question stems for more organized and critical thinking
  • How to move desks quietly
  • How to get a classmate’s attention quietly and respectfully

Classroom Discussion

  • How to get to your/make your point clear
  • How body language can help you communicate
  • How groups will be assigned/formed
  • How to respond when you disagree
  • How to paraphrase and build-upon another student’s thoughts
  • How to keep sentence stems to promote careful thinking in discussion

After Class

  • What to do if a student is uncertain/confused/concerned directly after class/once they get home
  • How class will be dismissed daily
  • How to clean up/return learning areas to their original state
  • What hallway expectations are