Classroom Procedures - List by category

Payne, R. (2006). Discipline Strategies for the Classroom: Working with Students. Highlands, TX: aha! Process inc. [see: Grades K-2 pp. 35-47; Grades 3-5 pp. 56-79; Grades 6-8 pp. 88-106; Grades 9-12 pp. 126-136]

Starting Class

1. Taking attendance
2. Marking absences
3. Tardy students
4. Giving make-up work for absentees
5. Enrolling new students
6. Enrolling students
7. Students who have to leave early
8. Warm up activity as students enter the room

Instructional Time

1. Student movement within the classroom
2. Use of cell phones
3. Students into and out of the classroom
4. Going to restroom
5. Getting students' attention
6. Students talking during class
7. What students do when work is completed
8. Working together as groups
9. Handing in papers/homework
10. Appropriate headings for papers
11. Bringing/distributing/using text book
12. Leaving room for specials (generally not applicable for 9-12 graders)
13. Students who don't have pencils and/or paper
14. Signals for getting attention
15. Touching other students in classroom/school
16. Eating food in class
17. Laboratory procedures
18. Students who get sick during class
19. Using pencil sharpener
20. Listing assignments/homework/due dates
21. Systematically monitoring student learning during instruction

Ending Class

1. Putting things away
2. Dismissing the class
3. Collecting papers and assignments


1. Lining up for lunch/recess/special events
2. Walking to lunch/recess
3. Putting away coats and backpacks
4. Cleaning out desks/cubbies/lockers
5. Preparing for fire drills/other emergencies
6. Going to gym for assemblies/pep rallies
7. Respecting teacher's desk and storage area
8. Appropriately handling/using computers/equipment

Student Accountability

1. Late work
2. Missing work
3. Extra credit
4. Redoing work and/or retaking tests
5. Incomplete work
6. Neatness
7. Papers with no names
8. Using pens, pencils, colored markers
9. Using computer generated products
10. lnternet access on computers
11. Setting and assigning due dates
12. Writing on back of paper
13. Make up work and amount of time for makeup work
14. Letting students know assignments missed while absent
15. Percentage of grade for major tests, homework, etc.
16. Explaining your grading policies
17. Letting new students know your procedures
18. Having contact with all students at least once during the week/day
19. Exchanging papers
20. Using internet for posing assignments and sending them in

Teacher Accountability

1. Determine grades on report cards
2. Grade daily assignments
3. Record grades so assignments and dates are included
4. Have students keep records of own grades
5. Make sure grades and assignments reflect progress toward standards
6. Notify parents when students are no passing or having other academic problems
7. Contact parents if problem arises regarding behavior
8. Contact parents with positive feedback about their child
9. Keep records and documentation of student behavior
10. Document adherence to IEPs
11. Return graded papers
12. Monitor students who have serious health issues (peanut allergies, epilepsy, insect stings, diabetes, etc.)



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