Given I talked about attendance last week, which is one of our ABC – Conditions of Learning I thought I would mention behaviour this week. In general our children are well behaved and eager to learn. They are typical children who may push the boundaries every now and again, but with a reminder of our expectations they get back to the task of learning and playing nicely in the playground. Our job as the adults is to help them learn about how they are expected to learn and play and as you know the school has some tools that we use to keep the children on track. We have The Cecil Challenge reward system and within that the 50 High 5s club, the High 5s being our rules or as Texas P-10 State School refers to them as “Expectations”. When the children are seen doing one or more of the High 5s, they get a High 5 token, which goes towards their 50 High 5s certificate. The teachers also have other reward systems in their classrooms to assist the children in staying on task learning. If the children are following what I believe is the most important rule “Being a Learner”, then their teacher may send them to me for a reward. It is not only choosing something from my treasure chest that is the reward, but also sharing with me what they have learnt. The slogan on our AIP in the school calendar is “Better Behaviour – Better Learning”. If we want the children to be learning, then we need to make sure their behaviour allows that to happen.
What can you do to help at home? Obviously you need to make sure they know your expectations about their behaviour and their learning. Find your own ways to celebrate their good behaviour and learning. For example when they get a 50 High 5s certificate, maybe you can reinforce their success with some reward or celebration. Also celebrate their learning. When they have mastered something at school get them to explain or share it with you, which will further reinforce that learning. Encouragement goes a long way.