I use a secret number system to know when students might be getting out of control.
5 - A student has gone above and beyond
4 - A student has made good choices and is still ready to learn
3- A student is ready to learn
2 - A student has needed reminders to stay on task
1 - A student has needed numerous reminders to stay on task
0 - A letter will be sent home to a parent or guardian
Enter the Classroom- They should come in quietly get out their things and hang up their back pack in their locked. Then they should get out their morning folder and begin the warm-up.
Lining Up- Students should get in number order and proceed to get quiet and stay quiet to where we are going.
Backing Up- I give students a time in our last lesson to pack up so we are not rushing when the bell rings. Students should get homework, notes and anything else they need to take home out and ready to pack up.
Bathroom - If we are doing silent reading, I do not mind if students use the restroom. They need to take the hall pass. If we are in a lesson for a while, I normally take the students at one time to use the bathroom and get a drink.