Within the next week or two, most schools will be wrapping up the first nine weeks grading period. (Where has the time gone?) By now, your school or classroom should be well into a routine and rhythm. Procedures should be clearly established by now and both students and faculty should be familiar with expectations for the year. The challenge from this point forward is to maintain the routine without allowing the routine to become a rut. The key is to be consistent with expectations and procedures while infusing new, fresh ideas and approaches to everyday situations and challenges.
Remember, routine... not rut.