Do you have a group of students who you have tried practically everything under the sun to inspire, motivate, and get a handle on the discipline? I have experienced this over the years too. I really don’t think it has anything to do with the students. I believe there are years where things work and some years when it just doesn’t.
This year, I have implemented something just about every month. Not everything will work, and I’ve come to terms with that. However, I want to share a team building idea with you. I’m starting to see some progress. Let me preface this by saying this team approach is inspired by my district’s athletic director. I can’t even begin to take credit for this fascinating idea.
Before we begin, take a quick minute and watch this video that I’ve wanted to share with you for a few weeks. If you follow me on social media, I shared a quote that has stuck with me for several weeks.
What if a student’s behavior turned out to be their greatest gift in life? – Principal Principles
Just what if… What if the behaviors we try and change are the same behaviors we admire and encourage in adults.
Take a look at the video and be inspired.
A single moment in time can change a person’s life.
The video and both quotes have both sparked my determination to look at discipline in a different way. Here are a few of my beliefs so you also know my stance on discipline.
1. I believe in supporting teachers by handling discipline.
2. I believe in being proactive and setting procedures in place to prevent negative behaviors.
3. I believe in positive behavior supports to encourage leadership in students, as well as, helping students to be more self-disciplined.
MOTIVATIONAL TEAMS: STUDENTS HELPING STUDENTS
I have a very competitive group of students this year. Therefore, I can see success on the horizon. I am implementing this plan with the 5th graders on the campus. As we all know, fifth and six grade can be a bit taxing for students, parents, and staff. They are upper-classmen in elementary and entering junior high/middle school.
HOW IT WORKS:
VIDEO AND QUOTES
The video and the two quotes are perfect for the vision and culture of my school. Always remember a single moment in time can change a person’s life. I hope to live a life of significance, not just a life of success. I hope to create a school where we see the best in our students. A school where we believe in our students.