We Can Wednesday with Two Rules: Trusted Adults

Posted by Brenda Yoho

Two Rules builds resilience with the support of Trusted Adults

In the bustling halls of any school, amidst the whirlwind of lessons, assignments, and extracurricular activities, there exists a quiet yet profound force: the presence of a trusted adult. These individuals, whether they be teachers, counselors, bus drivers, and many others, play an indispensable role in shaping the educational journey of students. Within a framework like Two Rules, this bond between students and trusted adults becomes even more potent, catalyzing positive change and fostering a nurturing environment where growth thrives.

Two Rules, as a concept, encapsulates a philosophy of simplicity with profound implications. At its core, it emphasizes fairness and trust as fundamental pillars of the educational ecosystem. When implemented with dedication and sincerity, it transforms the entire school culture into a beacon of support and understanding.

Principals and teachers, as the stewards of this philosophy, serve as living embodiments of its principles. Through their actions and interactions, they model the values of fairness and trust, setting the stage for a culture where every individual feels valued and respected. Feeling Good and Feeling Safe is established at the very first moment. This modeling process permeates through all aspects of school life, from classroom dynamics to disciplinary procedures, fostering an environment where everyone feels empowered to succeed.

Central to the success of Two Rules is the cultivation of resiliency among students. By nurturing this essential skill, schools instill a sense of hope and self-assurance within their student body. Students, recognizing the genuine care and support extended to them, feel emboldened to confront challenges head-on. They understand that within the school community, there exists a network of trusted adults who are eager to lend an empathetic ear and provide guidance whenever needed. A strong support of the Two Rules.

Moreover, the presence of trusted adults serves as a beacon of inspiration for students. Knowing that there are individuals within the school whom they can admire and seek guidance from instills a sense of belonging and purpose. These role models not only offer practical assistance but also serve as living examples of the values espoused by Two Rules, reinforcing its significance in the minds of students. When we look at the chart on page 73 of the book, resiliency resources needed are clearly present in the implementation of Two Rules.

Crucially, Two Rules empowers students by emphasizing the importance of their education. By providing resources and support tailored to individual needs, it communicates a clear message: your learning journey matters, and we are here to help you succeed. This acknowledgment of the intrinsic worth of each student's education cultivates a sense of ownership and responsibility, further fueling their motivation to excel. All staff work with students to ask them about their educational journey. Coaches within our school, make education a priority in their programs of extra-curriculum activities.

In conclusion, the implementation of Two Rules in schools heralds a paradigm shift in educational practices, placing trust, fairness, and support at the forefront. Through the establishment of a culture where every individual feels valued and empowered, it lays the groundwork for transformative growth and success. At its heart lies the bond between students and trusted adults, a relationship inspired with understanding, encouragement, and unwavering support. As we continue to embrace the principles of Two Rules, we pave the way for a future where every student can thrive, knowing that they have a trusted adult by their side, ready to guide them on their journey of discovery and growth.

Join us in contributing to the solution for your classroom, your school, and your school district. Extend an invitation to families and the community to participate in incorporating Two Rules into all areas. Together, we can!!

"I only have 2 rules!"
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