Today's post is going to focus on dismissal. Dismissal can be an extremely stressful part of the day because students can easily get out of control as you are rushing them to the bus or the car. Before the school year begins, you need to think about what you want students to do before they go home for the day.
Each year, my schedule changes. This past year, we had to pack up and get everything ready to go home before we went to specials. This year, we will have specials in the morning so my routine will need to change.
My first few years of teaching, I never thought about setting down routines for dismissal. Honestly, I was so ready to get my kiddos on the bus to go home that I didn't take the time to make this a routine. The past few years, I realized how important it was to teach my kiddos a routine for getting packed up at the end of the day. This was mostly to maintain my sanity and get them home on time.
Here are some questions to consider:
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Once you have thought through your routine, take the time to teach your students how you want them to dismiss each day. This will take a few weeks for a smooth routine.
Of course, for some students, they will need reminders. I have my dismissal routine printed up and put in the room so students can look at it and remember what to do. This saves me a bunch of time each day without having to remind certain kiddos constantly. If you are interested in checking it out, click on the images below.