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When Our Practices Become Habits
by Sharon Roth, Senior Developer, NCTE Professional Learning

During these hot summer days, I've been indulging in a little more reading than I ordinarily have time for during the school year. Recently, I've been reading a book about the power of habits, and the notion that organizations -- like individuals -- have habits has me thinking about my own professional learning.

National Center for Literacy EducationIt's when we stop reflecting on our professional practices that they become habits. Can you pinpoint any of your own practices that have turned into habits? How about the practices of your school or your district? In the work of the National Center for Literacy Education we have been collecting evidence around the conditions and structures that support the teaching and learning of both adults and students. As I look over this framework, I can't help but think about the good and bad habits of systems that have become so routine that we don't bother to question them any more.

While I browse the Literacy in Learning Exchange, I am starting to think about what I want to do differently next school year.  I am finding myself inspired and intrigued by the following:

It won't be long before we see the first back-to-school sales advertisements. That will be our signal to decide: What good habits will we set out to establish? What can we do to disrupt the bad habits?


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