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Predictable Environment & Structure


Maintaining a consistent routine and schedule ensures that learners are able to trust and predict what will happen next. Ideally, the learners have input and choice in the routines and structures to foster a Sense of Belonging. Predictability in the learning environment helps learners feel secure because they know the expectations, freeing up their Working Memory so they can apply their cognitive skills to learning.

Apply It to Your Learning Environment

  • Providing learners with some control over their environment and schedule can support feelings of Safety and fosters a Sense of Belonging.
  • Modeling and teaching schedules and routines can help establish clear expectations for learners and show that the classroom is a safe, predictable space to learn.
  • Giving learners choice and control during predictable routines and transitions can foster a sense of Belonging. For example, learners can select the song to play between activities. Having a transition song is predictable but the choice of song rests in the hands of the learners.
  • In online learning environments, predictable schedules and easy access to online links can support Working Memory.
  • Provide countdown timers when learners are in breakout rooms or have limited time for a discussion to provide structure and support Attention to the discussion.
  • In digital environments, consistent expectations related to camera use, backgrounds, and muting can support the predictability in an online learning environment.
  • For asynchronous digital learning, providing overviews and predicted time spans for activities can support family routines and structure.
  • Providing visual and audio support consistently can foster a sense of Safety.

Watch how this kindergarten class transitions from their desks to a line through an established routine. By transitioning with a repetitive rhythm, students know what is expected of them and show that a routine can be fun and effective.

Apply It to Product Development

  • 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.
  • Consistent placement and format of instructions across the platform supports Working Memory.
  • Combining audio and image based instructions can facilitate the use of both the visual and auditory channels of Working Memory to increase the likelihood of learners completing all steps

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About this Strategy Content

The research review for this strategy was conducted by the LVP team. Application, examples, and resources were sourced with support from our Practitioner Advisory Board.