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.
Starting at 1:35, watch how this high school math teacher prioritizes building relationships and establishing routines on the first day of class. By explaining his reasoning for the seating chart and starting with a syllabus, students know what is expected of them and that their teacher is invested in their learning.
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