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Emotional Classroom

Change takes time

Feb 12, 2018 12:33:33 PM / by Lori Jackson

Have you tried the Easy Button daily inspirational goal I suggested?

Has it worked?

If you have, and you aren’t yet a true believer give it time. Why? Because it is true what the research says, change takes time.

Most people believe that it takes just a quick 21 days to make a new habit stick. But new research completed https://jamesclear.com/new-habit shows that it takes far longer, or an average of 66 days to make a habit an actual thing. It makes sense given it takes time to learn to make some behaviors automatic. Automatic behaviors are things that we do without thinking, even when they are difficult. It’s why you can do laundry every Sunday afternoon, or your students can do their morning work each day without reminder. Routine.

But what happens when it is something that isn’t really within your control at this moment. What about when it is really a challenge, or, when it seems like you are pushing a rock up a hill. What then?

Certainly this is important as it relates to all of us, and our gym memberships, diet promises, and the need for clean closets, but what really does that mean for our students?

In particular, I’m talking about the students for whom change is a challenge. These students may be on the longer end of 66 days to see a habit form.

So how can you help?

Two words.

Stay consistent.

Make a plan and stick to it. Set a reminder on your phone to remind yourself of the plan. Remind yourself several times a day if necessary.

When we first started using KidConnect, we did just that. We set reminders on phones and iPads for all of our teachers that reminded them to hand their student the iPad when they saw behaviors that needed support. This helped keep KidConnect in mind for everyone, because yes, a new habit was forming for the adults too. Guess what? It worked. Over time, everyone just got in the new habit of handing off the iPad, and the kids got in the habit of using KidConnect.

Nothing good happens over night. But when you have a goal, a plan and consistency, good things happen.

Lori Jackson

Written by Lori Jackson