Routines in the encouraging classroom.

a. Observe a classroom where there are definite routines. What are the likely effects of the routines on the children? On the teacher? How do Pat Sanford’s comments about routines compare or contrast with your observations? Compare your findings to ideas from the chapter.

b. Interview a teacher about his use of routines. How does the teacher believe routines assist with classroom management? Ask the teacher how he knows when a routine needs change. How does the teacher work with a child who may have difficulty transitioning within the routine? How do comments in the chapter match with what the teacher said about routines?