What does it look like in my classroom?
Timeline: Initial explanation + daily lesson
Introduced on or very near the first day of class, the different levels of achievement are simple enough for every student to understand. Some work should be done at the beginning of the school year to help students internalize the key words and concepts. What does it mean to be safe? How can you demonstrate that you are responsible? What do you need to be prepared? Coming to a group understanding and having students verbalize their commitment to Level 3 activity is crucial. Following the more intense initial explanation, it is important to return to the concepts on the chart daily. I have the students sit in a half circle around the chart while I introduce the daily lesson. The specific emphasis can be customized to the lesson and the students. For instance, if the lesson involves floor hockey, additional emphasis on safety is important. If the students in a particular class are needing many redirections and reminders, additional time can be spent to understand what that means and how to self-correct before the teacher intervenes.