At the start of the school year, National Board Certified Teacher Marsha Ratzel says, she gives her students a tour of the classroom to help students establish a classroom routine. The tour includes stops at the interactive whiteboard, where she posts the daily classroom procedures, and the homework board, which lists assignments and a plan for the day. "Using these classroom routines and structures allows me to create a classroom environment where every student knows what to do and how to do it," Ratzel writes.

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