Good working habit helps to lead an organized and balanced life to deal with oneself and the dramatically changing world. It saves time, improves efficiency and helps us to relieve ourselves from workloads.
At Oakridge International School, we believe developing a good working habit is a crucial factor for our achievements and accomplishments. The two important aspects of developing a good working habit are – effort and consistency. While students perform with different abilities in different areas, success or progress is appraised against the best efforts put in by the student.
Consistency is the key to success. School and home should partner to help our students practice it. We insist on the Start-to-wind-up routine to be followed at home. The child should be given a number of opportunities to articulate and practice the cycle in every small daily routine – wake up routine (smile, wish parents, thank god/ parents, set the bed before leaving the room); getting ready for school (pack school materials, lunch, water, uniform, etc); sleep routine; study time; mealtime; playtime; keeping the things back in place, before starting another activity. These kinds of habits can be embedded in the child, if the adults around the child also do the same. It’s very simple but the impact is massive. By doing it consistently, we are developing positive habits in our learners. Parents must not provide assistance or engage people to allow children to complete their chores at home.
Someone once said to me, “We have a place for everything, but everything has a place.”- and it is very true. All the things should be kept in their place. Here’s a start – to – wind-up routine:
If the start- to – wind – up routine is connected with students’ voice, choice and ownership, then the students take up the accountability as they feel they are the ones who have taken the decision for their learning/progress.
The learner agency and the ‘start to wind-up routine’ will help the learner’s belief in one’s own ability to succeed and have a strong sense of identity.