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Getting Straight to Work

Found in: Transitions, Routines and Procedures, Sustained Silent Reading

When students first enter my classroom, they write down their homework, then take out SSR (Sustained Silent Reading). books. I have found that assigning work from the textbook or worksheet always produces a lot of legitimate questions that distracted me from taking attendance and all the other things I have to deal with. After reading, the kids are calmer when we transitioned to the subject at hand.

My school counts being in the room as being on time. I expect that students are seated and working working: writing down their homework or reading. If their desk is clear, I call it Classroom Tardy. This affects their citizenship grade. I track it on my seating chart, which I use to take attendance (then transfer to the computerized system). Almost all the kids are seated and working when class officially starts.


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