50 Classroom Procedures Students Need To Know

50 Classroom Procedures Students Need To Know

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

by TeachThought Staff

Procedures can make a significant difference in 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 are for positive/negative reinforcement (i.e., this happens for following/not following rules)

Digital Citizenship

What digital citizenship 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 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 norms or ‘class rules are

How to ask a question

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’ if too loud

How students will be corrected for behavior that doesn’t align with class norms

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 on an assignment or a project at home, etc.

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