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your classroom “is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get!” Every one of your students has a completely different attitude, a different background and a different way to handle things. Your job is to figure out how to find the largest common denominator. The answer that makes sense for most kids and in our research, it’s daily, subtle, kind reminders. SIGNS DRIVE BEHAVIOR: We humans pay attention to signage; it’s innate in our being and knowing the rules gives a child a sense of safety. We all abide by rules. Try lighting up a cigarette right next to a “No Smoking” sign in public. Can you say, uncomfortable?! The old-fashioned physical sign wields power. We designed a catchy fun brand of Respectful Signs that kids dig because of the ever-changing speech-bubble. Children need to be challenged and every time they see a Respectful sign albeit at school, on Mom’s car bumper or out in public, it’s something new and different. The Respectful Reminders line is built on positive public messaging and you ~ the teachers and school administrators ~ use them as The Rules of Behavior to build your classroom community. We recommend placing them right at the entrance of your classroom or common area so as soon as your students cross that threshold, they KNOW the rules of behavior. Be empowered! They are your teaching tools to drive the positive behaviors you want in your school. Whenever a student acts up, address the sign, not the problem child, they lose power and you get right back to teaching time quicker. IT WORKS! HERE’S HOW: “Listening and Learning” – If you have very vocal students, you address the Listening and Learning rules of behavior, not the child who’s talking out of line. Your attention is deflected and that student gets gently shamed into quieting down. “Respect Others / Be Kind” – When kids are disruptive and disorderly, call them out and say, “Hey! We respect each other here.” Post this sweet reminder right at the entrance of the classroom. “Be Yourself / Welcome Differences” – There are many languages spoken and different shades of skin, so be yourself kids and welcome others who are different! “Respectful Language Please” – This surprisingly is not just for middle and High Schoolers. Kindergarteners love to push buttons by using potty mouth words like pooh or poopie. Remind them we only use RESPECTFUL language here. “Respectful Play” – These decals can stick to any basketball court or playground! These signs are your wingman to help you spread a respectful message. What else do you need for your school? We can custom make signage for specific behaviors you want to address and we can add your school logo or mascot. 22 | KNOW • Volume 14 Issue 2 BULLYING IS EVERYWHERE: Our state is as diverse as it is beautiful. From the rolling mountains of north Georgia to the wide open farms of South Georgia, to the beaches of Tybee, to the metropolis of Atlanta, it doesn’t matter your socio-economic status, race, creed, class or color ~ bullying is everywhere. It is one of the few issues in America that doesn’t bias. Think about that. You can teach in a Christian, public or private school, be in the poorest or richest counties in Georgia, and it really doesn’t matter, your school will still have bullies. It’s how you handle them that makes the difference. You get your students abiding the rules of behavior, you’ve won half the battle. We’ve found that students themselves will refer to the signs to stop other student’s bad behavior. Our “Cyber-bullying” poster is a powerful tool to discuss point-by-point with kids. What does “Repercussions” mean to your students? Ask any 4th grader and they have no idea. Address each word in class as it pertains to Internet behavior. What “regret” or “shame” may you feel if you were mean to a friend on-line? The TELL ~ SHARE ~ CARE poster is two-fold. It’s an action plan to help kids know what to do when they experience or see bullying and it’s a kind reminder that, “We all need friends! Be a buddy! Not a bully.” Have you ever just come out and asked a child, “Do You Bully?” While interviewing students I asked one girl, “Are you a Bully?” and she insisted, “NO, he’s a bully.” When asked, “Do You Bully?” She sat in contemplation for a minute, assessing her past actions and gave a heart-felt, “No, I don’t” after a deep look within. THAT’S what we’re looking for. We want to make kids think and feel empathy. “Words Hurt!” is such an important statement for them to digest. Neuroscientists are now saying too much screen time effects a child’s ability to feel empathy. Their emotional side of the brain is deadened by too much technology stimulation. Help them to understand, mean words really do hurt. These words can last a lifetime if not nipped in the bud. Bullying memories now fall under “complex post-traumatic stress disorder” which results from social or interpersonal stresses. Any child may be next. This is not a fear tactic, this is fact. Ask any bully victim who’s still not over it emotionally. HEY! DOES YOUR SCHOOL NEED MONEY? We set up our anti-bullying program to be a fundraiser! I split my profits 50/50, giving you between 35% and 39% of the money earned. You can change your retail price to make even more money! It’s a win/win for the students and the school or PTA organization. You raise funds and bully awareness while helping your students take personal responsibility for their actions. Our program comes with free “Respectful Citizen” silicone bracelets and/or award certificates so you can validate your students by honoring them as Respectful Citizens.


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