Tips for Self-Contained Teachers

I have had the privilege of team teaching and being self-contained throughout my career. Team-teaching refers to departmentalizing into subject areas, then rotating students by class to every teacher on the team. Self-contained teaching means keeping your homeroom all day and teaching them each subject. Both have their pros and cons!

Self-contained teachers keep their homeroom students all day and teach them every subject.


While I genuinely love different aspects of each, my heart is with self-contained teaching. Here are a few tips to make the most of your self-contained school year!

Creating Routines and Procedures

Effective classroom routines and procedures are essential for a productive learning environment. Ultimately, your goal is to ensure the students understand your expectations for each and every moment all day long (or class period) so you can maximize their engagement. Wait, did I just say each and every moment? Yes! Overwhelmed? I get it. 


Master your classroom routines and procedures so your students can become masters of their own learning!

After teaching for 15 years and mentoring more than 100 new teachers over the course of 7 years, I have noticed some trends about classroom management.  Typically speaking, the root cause of more than 90% of behavioral challenges in your classroom comes from ineffective routines and procedures. This is actually REALLY GOOD NEWS. Master your routines and procedures, and your students will become masters of their own learning! I promise! So let's dig in...   

Creating Classroom Rules

Developing classroom rules is an integral part of building a solid foundation in your classroom. It may seem like a simple thing to do, but many new teachers and even seasoned veterans make rules in a way that sets them up for failure. My first few years in the classroom, I made simple mistakes that cost my students in a big way.

Use these tips for classroom rules to set your students up for success from day one!


This post is really meant to help you NOT do what I did. Check out these simple and easy to implement tips will set you and your students up for success from day one!

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