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With being so close to winter break, you’re probably just in survival mode and ready to leave the classroom behind for a while and not think about it until you go back in January. And while I totally understand your mindset, now is the perfect time to evaluate and reassess your current classroom routines, procedures, and systems and determine if a change is needed. Trust me, you’ll thank me come January!
While I think it’s important for you to do some self-reflection, there’s another group that needs to be involved in the assessment of the first half of the school year: your students. By involving your students, you’ll get the most accurate depiction of what’s truly working or not working in your classroom. I’ve come up with 5 key questions to ask your students that will help you determine if a reset is necessary on any of your classroom routines.
Getting your students involved may surprise you. When I started asking my students these questions, I gained a lot of insight into how my classroom was actually run, and the type of engagement and learning environment worked best for them, which is really the goal of each classroom routine, procedure, and system. So take the month of December to reflect and make any adjustments to your classroom routines, if needed, to start the new year strong!
In this Episode on How to Reset Your Classroom Routines, I Share:
- 5 key questions to ask your students regarding current classroom routines and procedures
- Why a change needs to be necessary, for a change can actually do the opposite for you and your students
- A variety of ways to collect the data from each question
- What to do if you want more insight from your students that discuss feedback from the questions
- How to use your existing circumstances to your benefit, even if it’s not ideal
- Join the Writing Made Simple Membership
- Would You Rather/This or That Freebie
- Starting the New Year with Student Reflection and Goal Setting
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