Establishing Opening and Closing Routines

Routines can be a key component of a safe and reflective classroom community, especially at a time when students’ lives and learning have been disrupted by public health crises, racial injustice and violence, social protest, and a continuously unpredictable news cycle. Setting aside five to ten minutes at the beginning and/or end of class to welcome students to the learning space, gauge their emotional well-being, and nurture community can help students experience school as a crucial part of their day that is predictable, meaningful, and supportive. 

Routines are also a key strategy for creating continuity and predictability if classes shift between face-to-face and remote settings. The routines recommended here include suggestions for both face-to-face and remote environments.


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