August 27, 2018
Making the Change – Every Student is Engaged in Learning
In the halls, on the bus, in classes and the lunchroom, here are the tools to improve school climate, build relationships and stop the bullying.
Principles Put in to Practice
• Morning Meeting Time – Picture your students, working together to build community, social skills and a desire to learn. During morning meeting time students practice greeting each other, sharing goals and strategies and bonding together as a community.
• Setting the Tone for the Day – Watch your students set goals and learn how to breakdown tasks into manageable chunks. Mindfulness rituals are used to set students up for a happier, more positive day.
• Mastering New Routines and Transitions – New routines and transitions are hard for students. Here is a 5 step that minimizes distractions and maximizes academic social learning.
• Fun Ways to Practice Routines to Prevent Returning to Old Habits – Social skills are like any new skill, they need to be practiced. Transitions and routines are practiced in a fun and interactive way that builds positive and lasting classroom traditions.
• Improve School Climate with Effective, Respect Communication - Positive body language empowering choice of words and effective self-regulation techniques, all need to come together to support assertive social interactions. Students learn the language and social skills needed to troubleshoot problems before they have a chance to become bigger situations.
• Differentiated Instruction and Scaffolded Learning - Effective teaching is all about providing all students with multiple paths to learning. These lessons are designed to be meaningful for students of all ability levels.
• Emotional Management, Self-Regulation and Play –
Playing with others and working with a group are important parts of a child’s development. Self-regulation and learning to interpret social cues are necessary interpersonal skills. Sharing, taking turns, and working together are better learned in group play. Students will have fun in a group setting while practicing patience, empathy, and other necessary social skills.