Today is our first day back to school, and I am so excited to meet my kiddos and begin our long journey of success and growth. As we begin, I thing about procedures. Procedures aren’t rules for your classroom. They are more like habits shared by the whole class. Setting and practicing procedures give students a sense of knowledge and security. They know exactly what they are supposed to do in different situations: what to do when they enter every morning, when they finish morning work, when reading to themselves, and any other routine you establish for your class. Procedures help both you and your students and make everyone’s day successful. Set your procedures and then practice them with your class until they are automatic. Everyone will be happy with the results.