The Ashley Bryan School

The Ashley Bryan School
Serving Children in Grades K-8 from the Cranberry Isles

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Norms: Setting the Stage

Last week we began talking about our goals for the school year.  After sharing our goals, we made a fantastic list of behaviors we will need to remember to follow in order to accomplish our goals.  Here are the behaviors:

  • Believe in yourself
  • Positive thinking
  • Energy
  • Stretching
  • Playful
  • Practicing
  • Risk-taking
  • Try again, stick with it
  • Asking/giving help
  • Trust
  • Focusing
  • Patience

Next we began to develop our norms for the school year.  These norms are a list of commitments we will hold each other to in order to help us reach our goals.  Here are the norms we came up with:

  • Believe in yourself and in others. 
  • Keep trying, even if something is hard. 
  • Take responsibility for your energy level, your emotions and your body to maintain a peaceful school atmosphere. 
  • Be willing to take risks and encourage other to do so, too.   
  • Help yourself and help other to help themselves. 
  • Remember to have fun. 
  • Focus on Focusing.

Next the students made signs for the norms. 

The students believed these norms were so important they decided to make three sets of norms--one set for each classroom and a set for the hallway. 
With norms like these, I think we will have a fantastic year!

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