Teachers Network
Translate Translate English to Chinese Translate English to French
  Translate English to German Translate English to Italian Translate English to Japan
  Translate English to Korean Russian Translate English to Spanish
Lesson Plan Search
Our Lesson Plans
TeachNet Curriculum Units
Classroom Specials
Popular Teacher Designed Activities
TeachNet NYC Directory of Lesson Plans TeachNet NYC Dirctory of Lesson Plans

Teachers Network Leadership Institute
How-To Articles
Videos About Teaching
Effective Teachers Website
Lesson Plans
TeachNet Curriculum Units
Classroom Specials
Teacher Research
For NYC Teachers
For New Teachers

TeachNet Grant:
Lesson Plans
TeachNet Grant Winners
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
Other Grant Winners
Math and Science Learning
Impact II
Grant Resources
Grant How-To's
Free Resources for Teachers
Our Mission
   Press Releases
   Silver Reel
   2002 Educational Publishers Award


How-To: Manage Your Classroom
How to Home
How To: Manage Your Classroom
NYC Helpline: Manage Your Classroom

Managing Non-Routine Days Benna Golubtchik

Often there are days when we can predict that consistent routines and behaviors will be broken. These days occur before holidays, when the weather is bad, or when a special event takes place. The cues you have established can be used to vary your routines on purpose, allowing the teacher and class to preserve the effective routines and return to normal when appropriate. On these days, more right brain (creative, global, non-sequential) activities are effective. The teacher should use a different part of the room, a different activity, and possibly even dress differently to establish the change.

Appropriate right brain activities include group interaction, cooperative learning activities, using manipulatives, creative art projects, games to review and reinforce work, role plays and simulations, and music. The teacher can even join the kids by verbally stating that she would like to vary the routine for that day.

To effectively manage right brain days, two rules are essential:

1) Routines are preserved by temporarily setting them aside; and

2) Use different non-verbal cues to preserve the usual ones. The greater the difference in cues between left and right brain days, the more classroom management is preserved. These are not good days to introduce new material or lecture students.

Right brain days can be characterized by high energy levels, creativity, and a chance to integrate concepts and make associations with other subjects. They could also include distractibility, lack of internal control, inability to focus on lectures or new information, and a decreased respect for authority. Rather than create a situation that puts you at odds with the mood, use these days to harness the energy. These are exciting opportunities to get to know different aspects of your students. They, in turn, can get to know another side of you.

Right brain days are special. They can be inspiring and rewarding, and a source for new types of learning.


Come across an outdated link?
Please visit The Wayback Machine to find what you are looking for.


Journey Back to the Great Before