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The Importance of Routines in the Classroom

Give your students something to look forward to and the discipline to follow through.
Morning routines help get the day started out right. Students ease into projects because they’ve had time to fire up their brains, hold discussions about their discoveries, and prepare for harder tasks and projects that require greater involvement. How you choose to approach mornings in the classroom could very well set the tone for the learning environment you teach in.

Here are some of the things that are achieved through dedicated morning routines.
Students see value in familiarity.
Established morning routines save time and valuable resources. They give students a set of expectations to follow. Morning routines are initiated without much thought or persuasion, too. You don’t have to coax students into getting busy because they are already familiar with what to do and how to do it.
Procrastination goes by the wayside because students know what it takes to get started.
Even when new lessons are introduced, your class know who they’ve been partnered up with. They know where to find their supplies. They’re acquainted with how much time they must complete certain tasks. There isn’t a lot of wasted time first thing in the morning because your students are procrastinating completing tasks or projects.
Your class is taken care of while you are away.
In the event of your absence, you have fewer things to worry about. Your substitute can take advantage of the Morning Work book you’ve left for him or her to view. Your students are prepared because they’re doing similar work throughout the rest of the year, so they’re ready to help the sub as much as they can.

Your classroom benefits tremendously when following a morning routine. It prepares students for the day ahead of them especially in the event of your absence. It gives them time to mentally prepare for other subjects, projects, and tasks with greater ease. It also requires discipline because follow-through is required to complete the routine and move onto the next area of focus for the day.

How to Prepare Your Classroom in the Event of Your Absence

Give your emergency substitute the tools and resources needed to teach class skillfully.
Emergencies happen when you least expect them. That’s why it’s important to be prepared by having emergency sub plans available in the event of your absence. Doing so ensures that your class receives the instruction they need to complete class projects with ease. They won’t be left in the dark because you’re away for a day or two.

In addition to purchasing files including Emergency Sub Plans for Middle School Teachers, you can do the following things to prepare for emergency absences successfully.

Create a sub binder that can be added to throughout the year.
Divide the content into sections based on subject and theme. Use a table of contents to explain where to look for specific lesson plans. You can also include information that is pertinent to your classroom as a day-at-a-glance page.  Letting the sub know the typical routine your students go through in a given day helps things go much smoother when you’re away.

Provide activities that are familiar but can be varied.
That way, the substitute teacher doesn’t spend a great deal of time explaining how an activity is done. They can teach the lesson and then give your students the opportunity to work together to come up with a solution to a problem or design a project that focuses on each member of the group’s strengths. These lessons are best utilized when you’re gone for an extended amount of time due to an emergency.

The ideas listed above help you get through an unexpected absence easily. By taking time to prepare in advance for an emergency, you’ll always be ready in the event one occurs. You won’t be stuck scrambling for content for your sub to teach.
Help your emergency substitute get through the day with greater ease. An emergency situation calls for quick thinking. Having emergency sub plans bundled and available is one way to think ahead.