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Predictability: Environment & Structure


Maintaining consistent classroom routines and schedules ensures that students are able to trust and predict what will happen next. Predictability in the learning environment helps students feel secure because they know the expectations, freeing up their Working Memory so they can apply their cognitive skills to learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 1:41, watch how this teacher introduces a routine for transitioning from one subject to another. By talking about expectations and practicing, students know what to do to effectively prepare for their next task.

  • Through modeling and teaching schedules and routines, teachers can establish clear expectations for students and show that the classroom is a safe, predictable space to learn. When students complete routine tasks, they have more time to devote to learning and also have the opportunity to learn Inhibition & Self-regulation skills. Some examples of these routines include transitioning, forming groups, and using technology.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Developers can create consistent interfaces and repetitive structures or frameworks to facilitate predictability within their products. This supports learners by letting them know what to anticipate and allows their Attention to be on learning content.