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    Our class has a staggered dismissal, and I agree that this is the most challenging moment for classroom management.

    I have my students stay silently in their seats until after announcements are done. Once the announcements are finished, students are to read or work on homework until they hear their bus number. Once the bus number is called, they still have to wait for me to tell them they are dismissed. Then they put up their chairs and leave.

    Even with this established routine, it's still a rough time of the day. I think it's because in the kids' minds, they're DONE, and the routines fly out the window. Then again, think about the last 5 minutes of a staff meeting...

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