Opening Procedure and Rationale

When entering the classroom, check the board for an opening assignment. When the bell rings, be in your seat, working on the assignment quietly, with nothing but the required materials on your desk. 

1. Student enters door and looks at assignment area of designated board.
2. Student arranges work area to reflect the needs of the assignment.
3. Student begins work on assignment by the time the bell rings.

The rationale for this procedure is that a student must learn to take the initiative in figuring out what to do and doing it without the teacher having to tell each student what to do step by step. Looking for the task, preparing the work area for the task, and beginning the work without explicit instruction on a daily basis is a good life skill that will translate well into the work environment later on.

Closing Procedure and Rationale

Prior to leaving the classroom, each student should make sure that any equipment that has been checked out is returned. Students will not be permitted to leave until all borrowed equipment is turned in. Items are to be turned in one at a time by serial number to ensure that the teacher is not trying to sort out misplaced equipment all night. 

1. When tasks are complete, students will carry equipment to the cabinet.
2. Sign-Out form will be used to verify serial numbers turned in.
3. Equipment will be double-checked by staff/aide/monitor.
4. Students return to desk to collect personal materials and await dismissal.

The rationale for this procedure is that borrowing and returning expensive lab equipment teaches responsibility. By checking in items in an orderly manner, the student shows respect for the property of others, which is a form of empathy. Additionally, by using school equipment, the student saves big piles of money and carries around a much smaller backpack.