A PARADIGM SHIFT
This stumbling block was an 8-year-old boy. 🙂 Any kind of redirection sent him reeling. Stomping, crying, wailing, gnashing of teeth – it was about 9 kinds of awful. We kept repeating our “family” mantra – You can always turn your day around! – but it didn’t seem to help.
It finally occurred to us that no matter how many times we told him this, all he could SEE was that he was on orange – Teacher’s Choice. Or, he was on red – Parent Contact/Office Visit.
He was so fixated on the consequences that he couldn’t possibly think about ways to turn his day around.
When we talked about it, we knew that WE would enforce consequences where and when they were appropriate — but did they need to be public (on the chart)? We decided they did not.
It took about a week, but I came up with a rhyme for each piece of the chart. I tried to incorporate components of our leadership habits in each section. I busted out the clip art and cute fonts and… viola!
I have never been so excited to test out a creation in my classroom. The difference in our little guy was amazing. When he had to clip down, he would recite the rhyme, talk to one of us and (gasp) move on with his day!!
We saw positive changes in the rest of our little school family as well. I cannot wait to start the year with this tool when we go back.
I would love to hear from you if you decide this is something you want to use! To get it, click on any of the images in this post OR visit the 7 Habits tab up at the top of the blog. You’ll find it there along with lots of other freebies!
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