Tuesday, October 9, 2012

3 Chances-A Culture of Normalized Excuses

Ever think about how much instructional and learning time is WASTED by giving multiple warnings and repeated requests like “3 strikes and you’re out”, “3 spots on the frog and you don’t get a prize”, “3 steps up a ladder and you get time out”.  Think about how athletes get 3 failed drug tests before they are kicked off the team.  Are we training our children and youth to take every opportunity to disrupt the learning process up until the point where something negative will happen?  I REALLY believe that students can learn to self-correct with just one request.  It’s all in the expectations you set, the consistent adherence and the techniques you use.  Perhaps the most important characteristic of good parents is that they don’t have to “say it twice”.  In reality, they don’t CHOOSE to say it twice!!!  As we train teachers in "Time to Teach", this is one of the most popular components that allow teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.

 Next blog…”Chances” vs. “Choices”

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