Meet Students Where They Are
Build in Peer Coaching
Frontload Positive Feedback
Reflect on Learning and Set Personal Goals
We all know students thrive on routine, but did you know that routine in the classroom builds student confidence and encourages risk-taking?
It is as simple as this: when you know you are in a safe place and can predict the outcome to a certain extent you are more likely to give something new a try.
By providing our students with a bit of predictability they know they will be supported and encouraged to take risks. This leads to bigger leaps in learning, achieving goals, and high self-esteem which in return leads to more risk-taking.
We can provide routine in the classroom without making the day monotonous. For example, our math block always included the same structure of warm-up, mini-lesson, practice, stations and small group, and then exit ticket. While the order and structure stayed the same we varied what practice would look like through cooperative learning strategies, problem-solving activities, or opportunities to choose who you wanted to work with. Students knew practice time was the time to take risks and push their learning boundaries within the safety net of the larger math block.
In the End
Reflect on learning and set goals
Build routines into daily classroom activities
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