How often do you revisit classroom expectations? I know we work really hard to implement them at the beginning of the year, but how do we keep them going strong all year long? By revisiting and reassessing often! Revisiting classroom expectations helps keep students (and you!) on the right track to build a strong classroom community and management system. If classroom management has you feeling like the picture below, then hang around and let’s chat about reviewing (or even setting!) classroom expectations.
When to Review Expectations
I always liked to revisit classroom expectations several times during the year:
- A few weeks into the school year
- After long breaks from school
- When student behavior overall is very off
Especially after Christmas break, my students and their routines would be off. While the break is so nice to refresh, sometimes they needed a jump start to get back in the swing of things. Frequent reminders and mini-lessons always helped keep my little friends on track!
Important Expectations to Revisit
- Morning routine procedures
- Guided reading and literacy stations procedures and expectations
- Walking in the hallway
- Restroom/water procedures
- How and when to ask for help from you. HERE I shared a great way to minimize classroom interruptions and have a FREEBIE you can grab.
- What being kind and respectful means in your classroom
- How to be safe in the classroom
HERE are all of the classroom procedures and expectations I like to cover on the first day of school. Hop over and see if you see any others you want to include to review!
How to Review Expectations and Procedures
Revisiting classroom expectations doesn’t have to be boring or nagging! Get creative! One way you can do this is to have students write or draw kids following classroom expectations. This is powerful because students have to think reflectively to come up with concrete pictures or thoughtful writing.
Another fun way is to let students work in small groups and act out different scenarios of people following classroom expectations. You can also have a group act out not following expectations and have the class help them do things correctly. As silly as role play might sound, it really does work!
Finally, revisit the classroom expectations you made as a group in August. (If you didn’t do that, that’s okay! You can do it now or anytime!) Make sure these expectations are still applicable. You might want to have a brainstorming session with your students to see if you need to make any changes or add any new expectations.
HERE is a great post on the difference between classroom expectations and rules. I shared a detailed guide on how to do this with your class and a great book to help get you started! I hope revisiting classroom expectations helps your students feel settled, safe, and excited to be back in school!
If you’re looking for a few other classroom management posts that might be helpful for the new year, check out…
3 Ways to Ring in the New Year in Your Classroom – Grab the FREEBIE!
Keeping Students On Task During Literacy Stations
11 Ways to Build a Safe Classroom Community
Simple Punch Cards for Positive Behavior Support – Grab the FREE punch cards, too!