I am the master of routines! I really believe in routines and think they help my students because they know this is a constant in the classroom. When they feel comfortable with the routines, they can risk trying new things.
I have a folder in my bookmarks that is labeled Daily Check. These are the sites that I need to check every day. Here are my daily checks that I go through.
1. I check my personal email.
2. I check Plurk and Twitter to see if there are any replies or direct messages to me that I need to answer. Then I say hello to all of my friends.
3. I glance over my Yahoo home page to check out the weather and news headlines in case there is anything major I need to know about.
4. I post on my Successful Teaching blog by 6am each Monday – Friday.
5. I check my Digital Scrapbook Place Scrap Blogs page. Each day a prompt is given and I answer it in my Life of Loonyhiker blog.
6. I check my school email.
7. I check Flickr to look for any messages. Then I look at the new photos in the group pool of the 365 day project that I’m doing.
8. I check Ravelry to see if I have any direct messages from anyone there.
9. I check Facebook to see what messages I have on there.
10. Last I go to my Google Reader. I spend a lot of time reading blogs and leaving comments.
Maybe I’m obsessive compulsive but if I get thrown off my routine, it messes up my whole day. I think many of my students feel the same way so I have to be very sensitive to their feelings if we start the day late or if we have a day off for snow or holidays.
Original image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mole-volio/131261219/