Constructing a Democratic Classroom

Focus on Routines, Rules and Transition

Focus on: Ages 3 - 9 Years
Course Number: TEED656N

Routines, rules and transitions may be thought of as providing the framework for the daily life of the classroom. The way in which they are constructed and carried out strongly affects the social, moral and academic atmosphere in the setting. What does democracy mean in relation to routines, rules and transitions? How can children have a voice in determining them? The ultimate goal is not simply to create order but also to encourage the development of both autonomy and a caring community.

Topics to be considered are views of the nature of the child, developmental appropriateness, flexibility, the needs of English language learners and children with developmental variations, issues around power and control, the meaning of resistance, and how routines and transitions relate to academic learning and the various curriculum areas, particularly social studies. Teachers will examine and analyze the structures in their own and each others’ classrooms. 

December 5 and 6
Friday, 4:45-9:15 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
1 CEU $405 / 1 credit $1,416
Materials fee $10
Registration Deadline 11/28