Every good teacher knows that the best laid plans will fall apart without a good set of classroom rules and procedures in place. It is important to think out these procedures ahead of time, teach them explicitly, and give your students plenty of practice!
I like to play this little "game" with my students whenever we have a free moment throughout the year. It helps them to review my expectations, and to be successful. They also love it, because they get a chance to be in the "spotlight" for a few minutes as they demonstrate their rule. I cut all of the little words into strips and put them in a jar (with label). I keep a checkoff list, and allow random students to show off their knowledge of our procedures.
Showing Jar Game
If nothing else, this list might help some of you newer teachers to think about what YOUR classroom procedures should be, and have a plan! :)