Two Rules is all you need!

Helping you establish these two rules will ensure your focus on building a solid foundation for cultivating a nurturing, positive and achieving learning community.

Will this make me or others feel good?            Will this make me or others feel safe?

When students master the skill of asking these two questions before they act, they learn empathy, responsibility, how to be a good friend, how to be a good community member, how to identify problems, how to identify feelings, and how to search for solutions to problems. When these two questions become the core of a school’s culture, the students are creating resilience resources for themselves and for each other.

At the start of a new school year, it is essential to prioritize not only student learning but also the holistic well-being of each child. Recognizing the significance of mental health, schools must dedicate resources to support student's emotional needs and address any underlying trauma. By creating a safe and inclusive environment, educators can foster trust where students feel comfortable sharing their struggles. Through comprehensive programs, students can develop essential skills like accepting responsibility and understanding accountability, empowering them to grow into responsible and compassionate individuals. By emphasizing resilience-building activities and teaching coping strategies, schools can equip students with the tools to navigate challenges effectively and academically and emotionally thrive.

There are many ways to plan a school year with a theme-based focus to capture all the points discussed today. If you want free ideas and plans, please email me at I will be happy to help you plan a theme-based year!

"I only have 2 rules!"
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