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Avoid negotiations and arguments about behaviors.


POSITIVE CUES will do it!


When class is in session...

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.


Track Race

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!

Reading a Compass

We front-load

positive and productive  attitudes. 

We repeat words* of positivity and productivity often, no matter

how corny it seems at first.  

As students grow

in understanding of its effectiveness; 

Students 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!

High School Basketball Game

In the moment... 

We ignore bad manners.

We keep our energy focussed on lessons

and affirm appropriate behavior.  

We look away from and ignore

inappropriate behaviors.


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. 






College Students in Classroom
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