Just Do the Right Thing How It Works
The overarching goal of Just Do The Right Thing in the Classroom is to create “Success in the Moment.” That’s because when students learn how to make "Right Decisions" in the moment, they increase their chance for long term success.
The focal point of Just Do The Right Thing in the Classroom is a list of ten core principles related as questions and answers. The process couldn’t be easier. The teacher simply asks the ten questions every day, and the students respond with the pre-determined answers. The Q-and-A interchange launches a number of learning dynamics. For example, the questions themselves encourage the students to be aware of their own thinking and beliefs, while at the same time, the repetition gives students a clear understanding of expectations and allows them to firmly internalize the principles.
Tried-and-True Methods of Teaching
The Power of a Question
By its very nature, a question prompts thought and reflection. When you stop and think, even for a moment, you have a better chance of making the right decision.
Repeating information is a proven way of strengthening learning skills and remembering important information.
A question interrupts an unwanted behavior and the answer to that question suggests a more suitable behavior.
By answering questions, students are participating in the decisions that affect them. Verbalizing/self-directing is the start of them taking ownership of their actions. The questions, and the discussions they inevitably prompt, remove the “Do what I say because I say it” undertones of parent and teacher teaching sessions and replace them with the much more positive, “let’s figure this out together” approach.
Think it to Happen
Just Do The Right Thing encourages proactive decision making. There’s a huge difference between “thinking” something to happen and “allowing” something to happen. The questions reinforce the advantage of deliberate actions over knee-jerk reactions.
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