Maintaining consistent routines, structures, and supports 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. Consistency and predictability are especially important for students who do not experience such stability outside of school.
Watch how this seventh grade teacher establishes routines and expectations during the first few days of school. By spending time describing and practicing procedures like passing papers, students learn how to transition efficiently. Going over the rules and expectations also allows students know what is expected of them and how to be successful.
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