What Is the Importance of Having Clear Cut Procedures for Students in the Classroom?

A chaotic classroom gets in the way of listening and learning.
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Procedures are what can help ensure an orderly and organized classroom. Classic examples of procedures include entering the classroom, turning in homework, transitioning to a new activity and packing up to go home at the end of the day. When a teacher spends time educating children about how she wants the classroom to run, the students have more authentic learning time, and they are also less likely to get into trouble, forget what they've learned and cause a disturbance in the hallways and classroom.

1 Instills a Love of Learning

Clearly explained procedures in the classroom reduce the amount of time it takes students to get themselves ready to learn and to transition between activities. When students understand the procedures of the classroom, they are able to meet their expectations in a quiet, respectful and timely manner. A quiet classroom filled with respectful students who are following the rules allows all the children to hear the lessons, complete their classwork and ask the teacher questions, which, in turn, encourages students to enjoy school and look forward to the learning process. Of course, there are times when classrooms should not be quiet, such as when students are working in groups on projects or activities.

2 Bans Behavior Battles

When a teacher takes the time to teach her students the procedures in the classroom, it cuts down on behavior problems. Clear cut procedures tell students what is expected of them and shows them exactly what they are expected to do in each situation throughout the school day. When students know what they are supposed to be doing, they are less likely to get into trouble. When children don't know what they are supposed to be doing, they are more likely to wander around the classroom, talk to friends and find other ways to entertain themselves. These things lead to a chaotic classroom that isn't conducive to learning.

3 Three Cheers for Organization

Organization keeps a classroom running smoothly because it means that supplies have a place, students know where they are supposed to be sitting, and the teacher has all the materials needed for a lesson ready to go. When a teacher and her students are organized, more learning is able to take place because time isn't being wasted gathering supplies and getting the students in their seats. Students are also more likely to enjoy school because they get to learn something new, and they get to apply that new knowledge to a classroom activity.

4 More Reasons To Adore Procedures

Teachers with good reputations are sometimes those with clear cut procedures. When teachers take time to teach their students procedures, the children line up more quietly, walk through the halls more respectfully, follow cafeteria rules and get along with each other. Children who understand procedures also complete fire drills in a timely and appropriate manner.

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.