#5 Learning Environment: 5.3 Managing Classroom Procedures through Performance of Non-instructional Duties. Efficient systems for performing non-instructional duties are in place, resulting in minimal loss of instructional time. This means that non-instructional classroom procedures such as taking attendance or grading should minimally interfere with classroom instruction time.
In a secondary school physical education setting, there is already lost instructional time due to changing in the locker rooms. This makes it even more imperative for the teacher to have efficient classroom procedures in place for the rest of the class time. Having a set routine in place like student squad lines at the start of each class is an ideal way to minimize loss of instruction time.
From the first day of school, the teacher will instruct the students to start the beginning of each class in pre-arranged squad lines. The teacher has the students line-up in alphabetical order in rows of five or six students, which will help the teacher efficiently and quickly take attendance. The teacher will consistently communicate to the students that they need to begin their warm up routine while the teacher takes attendance for time efficiency. Roll taking is not the responsibility of the students, so do not take up class time with the process (Wong, 2009, p. 133). After the first week, the teacher could even come into the gym a few minutes late and the students all know that they should already be in their squad lines doing the warm-ups.
To ensure the students are doing the correct warm-ups, the teacher will spend time at the beginning of the year reviewing the proper form and technique for the warm-up exercises. In addition, the teacher will post an easily-visible sign with the warm-ups listed in proper order for a visual reference for the students to double check they are doing all the warm-up exercises and in the proper order.
This procedure gives the students shared control of certain aspects of their learning. It also helps maximize the efficiency of the student’s class time and helps ensure a positive, well-managed class environment. My next step is to continue researching and talking to current teachers about effective ways to minimize non-instruction time procedures.
Wong, K. and Wong, R. (2009), The First Days of School. Mountain View, CA: Harry K. Wong Publications