Creating A Positive Learning Environment: 12 Must-Teach Classroom Procedures And Routines 

 March 23, 2023

Creating a positive learning environment in the classroom can be a challenge for teachers and parents of elementary school students. From setting rules and expectations to disciplining students, it can be hard to know where to start. 

Fortunately, there are various ways to effectively and efficiently manage a classroom while still being fun and engaging for students.

In this blog post, we will provide teachers, educators, and parents with a comprehensive guide of classroom procedures and routines that they can use to create an enjoyable atmosphere for learning. 

We’ll start by outlining how to set classroom rules and expectations. Then, we will discuss the importance of setting up routines that encourage learning in an engaging way.

Next, we'll explore ways teachers can use positive discipline techniques. 

Finally, we will explore what it takes to create an overall positive learning environment in the classroom. 

By the end of this blog post, you’ll have all the tools you need to help your elementary school student succeed!

Establishing Classroom Rules and Expectations

Establishing classroom rules and expectations is an important part of creating a positive learning environment. 

First, the teacher should sit down with students to discuss what they expect from each other in the classroom, such as respect for one another, respecting property and materials, appropriate behavior, participating in class activities and discussions, etc. The rules should be discussed openly so that all students understand them clearly.

Once the expectations have been established, they should be written down and posted in the classroom where they can easily be seen by all students. 

Additionally, teachers can include incentives or rewards for those who follow the rules consistently. 

By establishing clear expectations and providing incentives for following them, teachers can create an atmosphere of respect and accountability that encourages student engagement. 

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Establishing Classroom Routines

Establishing classroom routines is a key part of creating an effective learning environment. 

Knowing what to expect and how to act in the classroom can help students feel safe, comfortable, secure, and focused on their learning. It also helps them stay focused on their learning and develop important skills, such as self-regulation and problem-solving.

When setting up classroom routines, it’s important to consider common activities that will occur throughout the school year, such as transitioning between activities, entering/exiting the classroom, repairing materials, and appropriate behavior/interaction between students.

These should be taught and modeled for students, then reviewed and practiced regularly. Making sure that these expectations are clearly posted around the classroom can also help remind students of what is expected of them.

It’s important to reinforce your expectations with positive reinforcement and rewards when possible. 

This could include verbal praise or special privileges for following the rules. 

By taking the time to set up clear routines and expectations in your classroom from the start of the school year, you can create an effective learning environment where everyone feels safe and respected.

Implementing Positive Discipline Techniques

Implementing positive discipline techniques is an important part of creating a positive learning environment. 

Positive discipline focuses on teaching students appropriate behavior rather than punishing them for misbehavior.

Teachers should model the desired behaviors in the classroom and provide clear expectations and consequences for inappropriate behavior. 

Additionally, teachers can use rewards and incentives to reinforce good behavior.

It’s important to keep communication open with students so that they feel comfortable talking about their feelings or any issues they may have in the classroom. 

By utilizing these strategies, teachers can ensure that all students feel respected and supported while learning in the classroom.

Utilizing Fun Ways To Teach Classroom Rules

Utilizing fun ways to teach classroom rules is an important part of creating a positive learning environment. This can involve using games, activities, and role-playing scenarios to help students learn the rules in an enjoyable way.

For example, the teacher could create a board game with rewards for correctly answering questions about classroom policies or procedures. 

Teachers can use songs and stories that illustrate appropriate behaviors in the classroom. 

By using these fun methods to teach classroom rules and expectations, teachers can ensure that their students are engaged while still learning how to act appropriately in class.

Creating a positive classroom environment is also essential in helping to teach and reinforce classroom rules. 

Establishing positive relationships between the teacher and students, encouraging classroom discussion and problem-solving, and providing choices to students are all great ways to foster a positive learning environment.

By providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students, teachers can create a classroom culture and environment that is engaging and supportive, which in turn helps to teach and reinforce the classroom rules.

Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

Creating a positive classroom is essential for students to feel safe, supported, and respected. 

Establishing positive relationships between the teacher and students is the key for creating an environment that encourages learning and growth.

This includes being open to student input on how to create a classroom culture that is engaging and supportive.

Encouraging classroom discussion and problem-solving is also important for fostering a positive environment. 

Allowing students to express their opinions, ask questions, and work together towards solutions can help build trust between the teacher and students.

Providing choices in how to complete activities or tasks can also help create an atmosphere of autonomy which allows students to take ownership of their learning.

Finally, providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students is essential. This means creating an atmosphere where everyone feels included and respected regardless of race, gender identity, religion, or any other difference.

By implementing these strategies into your classroom procedures and routines, you can create an environment that is conducive to learning!


Creating a positive learning environment in the classroom is essential to successful teaching and student engagement. It’s important to set up clear expectations and procedures from the start of the school year, as well as establish routines that encourage learning in an enjoyable way.

It’s essential for adults in charge of classrooms to use positive discipline techniques along with fun ways to teach rules and appropriate behavior.

At Strobel Education, we provide comprehensive training on how to create effective classroom procedures and routines that help foster a positive learning environment, which you can view here.

Our team of experienced educators will assist you in finding strategies that work best for your unique situation. Reach out today to get started!

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