I read somewhere that being a teacher means repeating yourself. I don’t know where I read that or if it’s true, but I know this: I don’t like repeating myself. I make as many things in my classroom visual and written so I only have to go over it once. Then, if someone has no clue, I can point at the spot where it’s written down.
My cooperating teacher used “roadmaps”. It was a list of things that needed to be accomplished and this list could be written at the board at any time. For after tests. For after an assignment. But ALWAYS for when class first starts! The “You Need” Sign part of the roadmap was something I added to help some of my students who struggled with being prepared and organized.
One of my favorite Classroom Management Solutions is a “You Need” Sign. I’ve used this in 4th and 5th grade even though I know these are mainly used in primary classrooms. These are cards with every supply, book, folder, or notebook that they might ever need. I put them on the board and voila. I’m done. Students know what they need and can get busy finding those things. At first, I used index cards. Then, I started using the pretty ones shown in the photo.
When I was self-contained, I would change out the cards during our transition from one subject to another.
When I was departmentalized, I had the cards up all day for my classes as they arrived. We had a lovely routine and part of it was checking this list and having everything ready to go! It was USUALLY the same things most of the time, but occasionally it was different.