Jenning Prevatte, M. Ed.
Life is a balancing act. Our hands and minds are always busy between teaching, learning, and living. It is no different for our students; whether they are young children or adults, they, too, lead busy lives. Developing effective learning structures is a critical aspect of effective teaching. Consistent class routines allow learners to predict, make inferences, and stay focused in the learning environment. Creating rituals and routines in the learning structure supports the brain. The brain is naturally a pattern-seeking organ. Therefore, integrating rituals and routines into the learning structure helps students feel comfortable and safe and provides a sense of organization that can help them stay focused and engaged. By establishing clear expectations and predictable routines, teachers can help students develop good habits and a sense of responsibility that will serve them well throughout their lives.