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Introduction


Create a Culture of Achievement

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Introduction


Create a Culture of Achievement

Every school needs a consciously crafted, school-level, Culture Of Achievement – a safe, happy, and productive environment in which students, staff, and parents function.  This is something we at Metis believe in.  It is our mission to help school teams create and sustain such a culture.

These are not mere words; they represent conscious actions.  In order to create a Culture of Achievement, leaders and staff need simple-to-use tools, which focus on the need for:

Managing Student Behavior
Educators need to create and implement behavioral procedures that teach students to be self-regulated and become respectful of learning, people, and property.  Unless there is a civil classroom and school environment, little learning will take place.  That’s just the reality!  Self-regulated people act in a civil manner, showing respect for others and for property, in a society where all can live safely and be productive.

Goal Focused Communication
Educators need to engage students productively in a manner that causes students to focus on their own goals: career, school, and classroom. Consequently, students start taking responsibility for their own learning.

A Healthy School Climate
Leaders need to bring students, staff, and parents together to remedy jointly identified challenges that keep their school from being safe, happy, and productive.  They need a simple process that can become a natural and ongoing collaboration.

These tools must be simple to learn and implement. They must be so practical that educators begin using them immediately and sustainably.  When this occurs, such tools become the basis for an institutionalized Culture of Achievement.  These habits of achievement—for children and adults alike—become  “just the way we do things here.”

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Managing Student Behavior


Managing Student Behavior

Managing Student Behavior


Managing Student Behavior

Students learn better in a well-managed classroom – a place where they see peers show respect for learning, respect for people, and respect for property.  Learning is behavior-change.  School and classroom behaviors can be taught just like any other subject.

The Metis Behavior Management Template is the core tool used to develop classroom and school procedures that include the

  • Specifying of expected behaviors
  • Development of informing strategies
  • Teaching of the expected behavior through
    • reinforcement
    • remediation
  • Detailing of needed set-up
  • Planning of the implementation

The program’s goal is to prepare students to act in a self-regulated manner – demonstrate expected behaviors even absent the teacher.  A well-managed classroom produces a civil environment in which to learn and provides more time for teaching and learning. 


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Goal Focused Communication


Goal-Focused Communication

Goal Focused Communication


Goal-Focused Communication

Productive teaching-relationships are necessary for student achievement.  And, students who are focused on their own career, school, and classroom goals recognize the relevance of schoolwork and take responsibility for their own learning.  They become more self-regulated.

The Metis Goal-Focused Communication protocol is the core tool used to focus students on achievement. The simple-to-use GFC protocol quickly results in a productive teaching-relationship between the educator and the student.  The results are immediate.

Educators learn to elicit student answers to three questions.  Those questions yield a plan of action that the student independently describes and the educator and student agree to follow up jointly at a specified time and place.  This dialog form of GFC can take a few minutes or less than one minute to conduct.

 


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Healthy School Climate


Building a Healthy School Climate

Healthy School Climate


Building a Healthy School Climate

Teachers, parents, and the students themselves crave a school climate that fosters student success.  In order for a school to have a culture of achievement, it must be safe, happy, and productive.  The creative power in the hands of informal leaders (parents, teachers, and students) can be harnessed in collaborative teams focused on self-identified healthy school climate goals.

The core tool employed to achieve a safe, happy, and productive culture of achievement is the use of the planning version of Goal-Focused Communication.  This planning occurs within three constituent teams: Parents, Students, and Staff. These teams are facilitated by the principal or other formal or informal leader and jointly develop a plan to address one area and, then, work that plan using the resources of their constituencies.

Team members become extensions of school leadership and bring others together toward the end of creating and sustaining a safe, happy, and productive school climate.  Use of the process builds capacity and assures sustainability.