Presentation on theme: "Positive School Climate Where does it begin?. Positive School Climate."— Presentation transcript:
Positive School Climate Where does it begin?
Positive School Climate
The Heart of the Matter When confronted with student disruption, do we seek judgment or do we seek to intervene?
Teaching students to be productive citizens of the world by molding and shaping behavior and character through detention and in- school suspension.
OR.... Teaching students to be productive citizens of the world by molding and shaping behavior and character through explicit instruction, positive relationships, and thoughtful intervention.
3 PILLARS of Conduct RESPECT RESPONSIBILITY RESILIENCE
Why the 3 Pillars? Common Point of Reference Shared Vision Consistency Unity Direction Purpose
Why Do This? If we shift our thinking from control and power to intervention and instruction, we can focus on promoting strategies designed to develop QUALITIES OF ADULT MATURITY
12 Qualities of Adult Maturity Delayed gratification - Id like this right now, but I can wait. Adaptation – I don't like it, but I am going to find a way to make it work. Personal Responsibility - What do I need to do and what's my part in all of this? Empathy - I wonder how I would feel if I looked at this from another person's perspective? Initiative Independence Insight – (self reflection) Relationships Creativity Humor Sense of morality Discernment
Thoughts If we expect students to show responsibility, they must be given opportunities to be responsible.
Promoting Opportunities School Store Exploration/Extension Activities and Classes Study Hall Lounge Give and take policies 9 th grade Advisory Assembly schedule Fun Activities
Emphasize Positive Student Performance Improved GPA's Improved Attendance Improved Behavioral Performance By class? By individual? RAK – random, above-expectation acts of kindness or courtesy On A Roll Student of the Month Class Competitions
Thoughts Our students will not care what you know until they know that you care... We are very good at speaking, but are we as adept at listening? Strive to learn every student by name, greet them, and take time to get to know them. Remember, because I said so no longer holds any weight. There have been too many failed role models in their lives.
The Challenge Rapidly growing trend: Peer culture and family values resist the values of learning and education. We are engaged in a serious conflict of values.