We Can with Two Rules-Nurture Academic Success with a focus on Self-Regulation

Posted by Brenda Yoho

In the realm of education, fostering academic success isn't solely about imparting knowledge; it's also about equipping students with the skills necessary for comprehensive success. One pivotal aspect of this equation is self-regulation. The ability of students to regulate their behavior, irrespective of the presence of authority figures, is crucial for a conducive learning environment and sets the stage for success beyond the classroom.

Self-regulation manifests in various forms:

  1. Independent Compliance: Students adhering to rules even in the absence of adult supervision demonstrate a fundamental understanding of expectations and accountability.
  2. Consistent Adherence: The hallmark of self-regulation lies in students consistently following rules, regardless of who oversees their activities or where they are situated within the school premises.
  3. Adaptability: True self-regulation extends beyond the classroom, encompassing scenarios such as field trips, assemblies, or cafeteria settings, where students exhibit the same disciplined behavior as they would in the classroom environment.
  4. Conflict Resolution: Students autonomously resolving disputes, whether it's about sharing resources or determining who goes first, through a fair and established set of rules fosters a sense of responsibility and fairness among peers.

While it's unrealistic to expect every student to be self-regulated at all times, the concept of a "regulated tipping point" comes into play. This tipping point occurs when a critical mass of students within a classroom exhibit self-regulatory behavior, effectively influencing the conduct of their peers. The actual number of these "self-regulation leaders" may vary from one classroom to another, but the impact they exert on the overall atmosphere is palpable.

A classroom begins to feel self-regulated when:

  1. Containment of Unregulated Behavior: Instances of unregulated behavior do not escalate or spread, indicating that self-regulated students serve as buffers against disruptive conduct.
  2. Peer Support and Engagement: Students adept at self-regulation scaffold their peers, assisting them in re-engaging with the established rules and expectations.
  3. Efficient Teacher Intervention: Teachers can swiftly navigate instances of deviation from the regulated state, swiftly restoring order and reinforcing the established norms.

While self-regulation is pivotal, it's complemented by adult-regulation, where educators play a proactive role in promoting and upholding regulatory standards. Adult-regulation encompasses:

  1. Consistent Promotion of Rules: Adults continuously reinforce the importance of regulation, serving as role models for students to emulate.
  2. Adherence in Different Contexts: Students demonstrate the ability to adhere to rules even when under the supervision of substitute teachers or when the learning environment undergoes a change.
  3. Dispute Resolution: Adults intervene to resolve conflicts or disputes, ensuring that fairness and order prevail within the learning environment.

In essence, the simplicity of implementing Lead with Two Rules encompasses fostering both self-regulation and adult-regulation. By cultivating these aspects, educators lay the groundwork for not only academic success but also the development of essential life skills crucial for navigating various facets of life beyond the classroom.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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