Consider a typical day at work.
If you are like me, you probably have some routines in place. Arriving st school early to sort (or grade) papers. Filtering through e-mails during your lunch period. Supervising students during passing periods. Warm-up activities. Classroom walk-throughs. Instructional routines. The list could undoubtedly go on.
There is nothing wrong with having routines–they contribute to efficiency and help us cope with what is often an overwhelming number of tasks and responsibilities. However, routines can also lead to complacency–doing things because that is the way they have always been done. If our routines, lead us down the road of “going through the motions” it is time to shake things up.
One way to do this–work with intentionality–exaggerating our thought process and decision making when it comes to our daily activities. At least a few days a week, spend time reflecting on your responsibilities and actions and ensure that what you are doing serves a well-defined purpose. You may be surprised to find that some of the things that have become part of your “routine” are either unnecessary, or interfere with your primary responsibility as an educator–advocating for students.
Break the cycle of complacency and live, work, and educate with intention.
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. ~ William A. Foster