We Can with Two Rules-Identify Looks Like

Posted by Brenda Yoho

The simplicity of following the guidance of Two Rules, naturally provides students with the ability to learn the skills they need to be successful overall.

In education, the concept of "look fors" is crucial during walkthroughs and evaluations. Administrators are trained to observe specific elements in classrooms. Establishing a sense of community among students and teachers in a positive learning environment forms the basis for differentiated instruction that caters to all students' needs. Helping students acquire skills such as self-awareness, social-awareness, decision-making, self-management, and relationship skills is fundamental as we prioritize creating an environment where everyone feels good and safe. These skills can be included in the “look fors” easily.

The "look likes" in our classrooms are crucial for our teaching staff to identify as they spend quality time with our children every day. Teachers play an essential role in our children's lives, providing academic education, life skills, and much more. They can quickly recognize changes in students, such as signs of depression. In my book "Lead with Two Rules," pages 120-121 feature a chart outlining characteristics of children with depression in school, helping educators understand what to look for in the classroom. While it doesn't ask educators to diagnose, it encourages awareness of changes to look for, similar to how leaders approach situations. Building relationships with students and families is vital in meeting the needs of our children.

Chapter 6 is titled, Using Teams to Support the Whole Child and contains a wealth of information to support efforts in building a system of support.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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