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How to teach classroom behavior expectations and classroom procedures!

Having a plan to teach expectations and procedures is important and crucial for an effective classroom management plan for several reasons:


1. Establishing a Positive Learning Environment: Clearly defined expectations and procedures create a positive and structured learning environment. When students know what is expected of them and understand the routines and procedures, they feel secure and comfortable. This, in turn, enhances their focus and engagement in learning.


2. Promoting Consistency and Predictability: Consistency is key in managing a classroom. When expectations and procedures are consistently taught and modeled, students know what to expect in various situations. This consistency fosters a sense of predictability, which reduces stress and anxiety for students. It also allows the teacher to spend less time redirecting behavior and more time on instruction.


3. Encouraging Student Responsibility: By explicitly teaching and modeling expectations and procedures, teachers empower students to take responsibility for their own behavior. Students understand the boundaries and guidelines within which they are expected to operate. This promotes self-discipline, accountability, and independence.


4. Enhancing Time Management: Clear procedures for transitions, materials, and routines help students and teachers manage time efficiently. When students know how to move from one activity to another smoothly and independently, instructional time is maximized. Well-established procedures also minimize disruptions and help maintain a focused learning environment.


5. Preventing Behavior Issues: Teaching and modeling expectations and procedures proactively addresses potential behavior issues. By clearly outlining what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, students are less likely to engage in disruptive or inappropriate actions. When students understand the consequences of their behavior and the expectations for appropriate conduct, the likelihood of behavior problems decreases.


6. Promoting Equity and Fairness: Having established expectations and procedures ensures that all students are treated fairly and equitably. When rules and procedures are taught and consistently enforced, students understand that everyone is held to the same standards. This creates a sense of fairness and eliminates confusion or favoritism.


7. Building a Positive Teacher-Student Relationship: Teaching and modeling expectations and procedures allow teachers to build positive relationships with their students. By setting clear boundaries and expectations, teachers can create a safe and respectful classroom environment. When students feel supported and cared for, they are more likely to trust and respect their teacher, leading to better behavior and academic outcomes.


How do you teach procedures and expectations to your students? I have a resource that might be exactly what you need to make teaching these expectations easy and beneficial.classroom-school expectations and procedures



As pointed out, explicitly teaching expectations and procedures is crucial and this unit was made to help you and your students set clear, positive images of what is expected of them in different situations in their school day.

It is very important that your students know what behaviors are expected of them. Modeling these behaviors will be a vital key to your classroom success.

This unit consists of seven different areas where having clear expectations is necessary.

Hallway expectations

Bus expectations

Lunchroom expectations

Work time expectations

Recess expectations

Bathroom expectations

Active listening

To help you and your students create a classroom community together it is important to think about how you want the classroom/school to look like, sound like and feel like? I have created anchor charts that can be used with each classroom/school expectation. I would first start with discussing the expectations together and creating your chart together as a class.

active listening expectations

Then show the students the slides-posters of the classroom or school expectations that they will follow. Editable slides are also available where you can add your own text. 



lunchroom expectations

The visuals are provided to read together and put around the classroom so your students will remember the expected behaviors. You can refer to them as often as is necessary.


But your lesson isn’t done yet….

Now model the behaviors with your students. This is an important step. I use a Interactive modeling is very important to assure success. Here are the steps to interactive modeling. 


What are the seven steps of Interactive Modeling?

1.Briefly state what you will model, and why.

2.Model the behavior exactly as you expect students to do it (the right way, not the wrong way, and without describing what you’re doing unless you need to “show” a thinking process).

3.Ask students what they noticed. (You may need to do some prompting, but children soon notice every little detail, especially as they gain expertise with this practice.)

4.Invite one or more students to model the same way you did.

5.Again, ask students what they noticed the modelers doing.

6.Have all students model while you observe and coach them.

7.Provide feedback, naming specific, positive actions you notice and redirecting respectfully but clearly when students go off track.

By using this strategy your students will create clear, positive mental images of what is expected of them. They will notice and observe and communicate to you what they are seeing. Practicing these skills will help your students gain an understanding of the expected behaviors.

 Also included in this pack are little books that can be used after the lesson to help your students remember the expectations. These are one-page sheets that are folded and made into a little mini booklet.

expectations and procedures


Remember these expectations can be reviewed at any time during the school year.

To learn more about interactive modeling visit the Responsive Classroom Website. 


Overall, having expectations and procedures taught and modeled is essential for effective classroom management. It sets the foundation for a positive, structured, and productive learning environment, promotes student responsibility, prevents behavior issues, and fosters positive teacher-student relationships. You can find this resource here or at my tpt store.

Wishing you a happy and successful school year! Jane