No Fail Tricks For Getting Hallway Behaviors On Track

Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.

Hi Friends! I have a quick post for you today, to share some tips and tricks I use in my classroom to keep my students from thinking they are part of a Championship parade every time we step foot into the hallway!

#1... SET THE GROUNDWORK

Ok, so you CANNOT just assume that kids know how to walk quietly and with self-control in the hallways. Even if this is not their first time in school, even if you know who their teacher was last year, and you KNOW he or she taught them how to walk, blah, blah, blah... SAVE YOURSELF SOME TIME AND SANITY...AND DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING!!! Remember, these are children. Self-control, walking, and quiet are not things that come naturally to children. Chaos, noise, running, and mayhem? NATURAL BEHAVIORS OF CHILDREN! (Do you see what I am saying?)
Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.

In my classroom I am a big believer in using social stories to help support my teaching of classroom behaviors and social skills. So, I use the social stories Walking In The Hallways and There Are Times To Talk LOUDLY And There Are Times To Talk Softly to facilitate strong discussions about proper behaviors and expectations in the hallways.


Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.


We talk, and talk, and talk some more! (Notice I said WE talk...not just I talk.) Talking together about the behaviors rather than being talked to about the behaviors is much more effective! That is why I like using the social stories. They are great springboards for discussion.

#2... PRACTICE

Next, we practice. We practice EVERY PART of the behaviors we want to see in the hall. We practice in the classroom first. (Walking, facing forward, hands at our sides, not talking, staying in line.) Then we practice in the hall. An important part of practicing is modeling for the students what you want to see. Show them what you see them doing right and show them what you see them doing wrong! (No names of course!) Students love to see you model a behavior knowing in their heart that they've got it right! They also love watching you model those crazy inappropriate behaviors too, like, "should we walk all the way down the hall rubbing our head on the lockers as we walk...like this?"

#3... MAKE GOING INTO THE HALLWAY A FUN EVENT

When we line up to go into the hall, we have a couple chants that we use as a fun way to get ourselves prepared to leave the safety and anonymity of our classroom and enter the "real world". These chants come from our friend Emily at Polka Dots Please

Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.

We just love everything she does! (Yes, I may be slightly biased since she was once my student teacher many years ago, but once you visit her blog and her store, I am sure you will love her as much as I do!) Our favorite is the "Mirror Mirror On The Wall" chant that tells us to check ourselves in the mirror before we go out the door, to make sure we are ready to go! (It is also a great way to check our hair and teeth to make sure we are presentable for the "real world" without feeling vain about it!)
Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.


#4...HOLD THE STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE

After all that talk and practice and modeling about proper hallway behaviors, it is important to then make sure you hold your students accountable for those same hallway behaviors. Stop periodically as you are walking and turn around and check on them. Walk slow enough that they can keep up with you (I am SO guilty of forgetting to do this!), and acknowledge their good behavior when you get to your destination so they know you are noticing their hard work! I have a couple other ways I hold my students accountable in the hallways. One way, is to have the line leader carry the Voice Level Indicator sign in the air for the class to see, to remind them of the appropriate voice level in the hallway. 


Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.

I also hand out Brag Tags for good hallway behavior. 
Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.

Then there is the Secret Walker....Have you tried Secret Walker in your classroom? If you haven't, you have got to..THIS is a gem! 
Ok, so here is how Secret Walker works...
In my classroom, one of the class jobs is Caboose. The job of the Caboose is to always be at the end of the line when we go anywhere (we keep the same jobs all week), and to choose and watch the Secret Walker. THIS IS A COVETED JOB!!! THERE IS NO MORE POWERFUL SITUATION IN A FIRST GRADERS DAY! (wink wink!)
So, in the morning when the students come in, the Caboose student will choose a name out of the Secret Walker envelope. (NO PEEKING! This is very important, or you will find that friends will only choose friends, etc.) The Caboose then lets you know who the Secret Walker is but is not allowed to tell anyone else. (Revealing who it is before the end of the day is an immediate loss of power for the rest of the week!)
Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.

Whenever we leave the classroom, the Caboose is then in charge of watching the Secret Walker to see if he/she is following the hallway rules. At the end of the day it is revealed whether or not the Secret Walker did well. (I assist with this process if I have a particularly difficult Caboose, or know that the Caboose may not be an impartial judge for whatever reason.) If the answer is YES, THE SECRET WALKER DID A GREAT JOB IN THE HALLS TODAY, then and ONLY then does the Caboose reveal the name! (This way we are not ridiculing anyone for bad behavior.) The Secret Walker gets a round of applause, a slip/poem to take home, and a Brag Tag for his/her necklace.
Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.


Tips, tricks, and ideas for getting hallway behaviors on track.

 That is it! My students LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the Secret Walker routine!
(By the way, when we pull names, we leave those names out of the envelope until all the names have been pulled. Then we put them all back in and start again.) 

(If you are interested in trying any of these ideas in your classroom or want to learn more about them, just click on the pictures!)

Hope this helps with your hallway behaviors! Happy traveling!


7 comments

  1. Love all these wonderful ideas!!!! Thanks for making it easy!❤

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    1. Thank you so much! Anything to lessen that hallway anxiety we teachers get!
      Diane

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  2. Ms.May showed your name card holders on her channel. I like the hallway book. 😊

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  3. Thank you! My students love the social stories. It makes understanding the way school works so much easier for them. I love Miss May, don't you!
    xxoo,
    Diane

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