Each day, I find myself calling to and talking to our dog. You may think there’s nothing strange in that. After all, many dog owners do the same. Here’s the thing: he doesn’t hear me. He is now completely deaf.
So why do I still talk to him? Quite simply: habit.
A habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”
I am not sure that I’ll be able to break the habit of talking to Jak. It’s just the way I’ve communicated with him for so many years.
But what about habits within our classrooms? If we begin to develop habits now – in September – these behaviours will become routine, something our students know to do.
As teachers, most of us are concerned about time. How do we find the time for all we need to do? How do we make the most of the time we have? For me, the answer lies largely in developing strong routines and efficient habits – especially during transition time.
Consider this: What habits do you want your students to develop? What can you do to support them?