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Classroom routines: The habits your students’ brains crave

Classrooms that have clear and easy routines tend to see better behaviour from the students within. Jon Tait looks at how and why we can establish routines for behaviour and routines for learning
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In the complex world of education, pedagogy, and evidence-informed practice that we find ourselves in, sometimes going back to the simple basics of human behaviour is what brings out the best in students and teachers alike.

We are all creatures of habit and, just as we find in our own lives away from the classroom, routines are often the things that we crave to pave the way for a structured and coherent day-to-day life.

Our classrooms are no different. Without clear and consistent routines, a learning environment can be unorderly, unstructured, and chaotic.

Classroom routines are therefore the unsung heroes of effective teaching, providing a structured framework that enhances behaviour, fosters consistency, and lightens the cognitive load on students.

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