Dear Families, Happy October! Our students and staff worked hard during the month of September to build routines, learn new things, and continue to foster a strong and inclusive school and classroom culture. At Walker School, we pride ourselves on the compassionate and direct way in which we communicate with our students. Last month we shared about “Stop, Walk, and Talk” and a number of families shared with us ways they are supporting that at home! Please continue to encourage your child to use this strategy.
As educators, we understand that our students are working hard to learn the myriad of academic and behavioral expectations. We know students are still developing their skills and won’t always make the best choices. Our job is help them understand that choices have consequences. One of the strategies we often use to discuss choices with students is called a “WOW.”
Where Do We Go?
During “What Happened” we ask students what occurred that led them to make a choice that wasn’t a good choice. We listen and then reflect back what we hear them say.
Once they have been heard, it may be appropriate for them to “own up.” During this step, we guide students to take responsibility for their actions, or to “own up” to the choice they made. We ask questions to help them articulate why their choice wasn’t safe, respectful, or responsible. We find that once students are heard, they are much more willing and able to accept responsibility for the choices they make. After students have taken responsibility for their actions, we ask “Where do we go?” This step gives students an opportunity to apologize, make a promise, have an authentic consequence, and/or make a plan to do things differently next time.
When we utilize this strategy of a “WOW” it empowers students to understand their choices, take responsibility, and then make a different choice in the future. Please continue to talk to your children about taking responsibility for their actions and choices so that we can partner to help them remember to make good choices at home and at school.
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