Use words and actions
to cue a positive emotional connection to learning.
Seven Rules for Making Rules
Order by August 19
My Child's Favorite Teacher is Me!
(Spanish coming soon)
We encourage students to say, "I'm learning to..." rather than, "I can't."
We display multiples of this mini poster.
We point to any of them when we hear,
"I can't" and we cue the phrase, "I am learning to..."
After several days or weeks, our students
begin to say it to each other.
At first, it'll be in jest; later in earnest.
We are intentional and conscientious
about building a productive learning environment.
We provide decision-making opportunities
and identify decision-making criteria.
example: Please choose to sit
where you will be productive.*
I choose wisely!
We front-load a positive and productive attitude.
We repeat words* of positivity and productivity often,
no matter how corny it seems at first.
Students will grow in understanding of its effectiveness;
Students will develop a positive emotional connection to learning and
therefore, become productive.
Good, better, best...
Never let it rest...
Until the Good is Better...
and the BETTER is BEST!
In the moment... We ignore bad manners.
We keep our energy focussed on lessons
and affirm appropriate behavior.
We look away from and ignore
We model the mantra:
"I ignore bad manners."
Quickly, during the lesson,
We quote the rules* as a generic reminder. Trust... our culture shall develop over time with our consistency and continuity.
We also affirm and commend students who are able to turn away from and give no attention to "bad manners."
I do not
look at or
listen to bad manners..
I ignore bad manners.
*Related FREE Audios
"Two Rules for Making Rules" 2mins.
"Seven Rules for Making Rules" 2mins.