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Why should I do it?

  • As classroom managers, teachers regularly use commands to direct students to start and stop activities. Instructors find commands to be a crucial tool for classroom management, serving as instructional signals that help students to conform to the teacher’s expectations for appropriate behaviors

When should I do it?

  • When beginning a new subject, during transitions, calling class to begin work, starting reading, initiating a new task, lining up for lunch, quieting students down to begin class or work, etc

How do I do it?

  • Here are some effective start commands to use in the classroom:
    • I’ll begin as soon as you are seated
    • I’ll be glad to start as soon as you show me that you are ready
    • I’ll be working from page 54
    • I’ll be lining people up as soon as it is quiet
    • I allow people to sharpen pencils when I am not giving directions
    • Feel free to go to the restroom when I’m not giving directions
    • You are welcome to stay with us as long as you and others are not being bothered
    • Feel free to stay with us when you can keep your hands to yourself
    • I give full credit for papers turned in on time
    • I’ll listen as soon as your voice is as calm as mine
    • I’ll be glad to discuss this when respect is shown
    • All of those who arrive on time go home on time
    • I’ll be glad to accept all papers that meet the neatness standard for this room
    • All owners of neat desks are welcome to join us at recess
    • I loan paper to those who have not borrowed before
    • Feel free to borrow from anyone but me
    • You may go out as soon as you have your coat
    • You may stay with us if you can give up on that behavior
    • Feel free to come back to the room as soon as you are calm
    • Those who can follow the rules are welcome to play the game
    • I’ll be glad to discuss this with you as soon as the arguing stops
    • All of those who can handle the paintbrushes right are welcome to join us in the project
    • All of those who remember permission slips are welcome to go on the field trip