Designing Routines and Procedures to Empower Students

Focus Area: Teachership


Phase: Targeted Support

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One of the foundations of teaching practice is developing a consistent learning structure. Structures can build predictability that ensures students feel safe and is a springboard towards more rigorous learning moments and tasks. In  this 2 hour virtual workshop, we will build understanding around what a learning structure is, and how routines and procedures create the conditions for student ownership. We will explore examples using classroom footage to unpack successes and challenges of learning structure design. 


This learning experience is optimized for classroom teachers and para-educators. It can be modified for instructional leaders to support them to bring the content to their teachers.


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity


I develop routines and procedures that structure an efficient, student-led classroom.

Learning Experience


  • What is a ‘learning structure’ and how does it lead to student learning?
  • What is the difference between a routine and a procedure?
  • Review their own experiences within successful learning structures


  • Unpack K-2, 3-8, and 9-12 examples from real classrooms using the ‘WAND’ checklist
  • Categories of routines and procedures, and a spectrum of student ownership of those routines


  • Use the provided strategies and categories to build or refine an existing routine or procedure
  • Share with colleagues for feedback and potential challenges