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Writing and Teaching Procedures


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A minute of class time might not seem like a lot, but over time the minutes add up. Imagine students spend one minute moving from the rug to their desks. What if they have to move back? That’s two minutes. What if they do this twice a day for 180 days? That’s 720 minutes a year, or 12 hours of learning time! Two whole school days spent moving from the rug to the desks and back. Time is a student's most precious commodity. You can gain time for learning by establishing clear procedures. If you reduce a one-minute transition from the rug to the desks to 10 seconds with an efficient procedure, you save 10 hours of instructional time over the course of the year.

In this module, you’ll identify opportunities for efficiency and write procedures for those moments. Before determining the procedures, you will read about benchmarks in your students' development so you can create procedures that are developmentally appropriate. Then, you’ll learn how to teach your procedures so that students are invested and can execute them quickly and joyfully, and you’ll practice teaching a procedure to your colleagues.