We Can with Two Rules-Wednesday (27)

Posted by Brenda Yoho

Change is a word for Fall, let’s use it to reflect.

As the leaves on the trees begin their transition into fall, take a moment to realize this is the season for reflection on your journey as well.  The trees are like the children in our schools, bursting in with energy and now reflecting their beautiful shades of individuality as we learn about each other.  As this season brings us a time to reflect on where we are as we prepare for the next season, we know we have to make a plan to work in the season of Winter to achieve for the season of Spring to show our growth.  Just as the trees shed their leaves in preparation for winter, we too must shed the old and embrace the new, cultivating a fertile ground for learning and growth in the coming months.  Remember, like the trees, you too have the power to shed what no longer serves you, to let go of the past and create space for new experiences and personal growth.  Embrace this season of reflection and change, for it is the path to becoming the best version of yourself.


Several weeks have passed since the start of the school year.  The plans of the new school year have been implemented across the district.  As you look at your school or in your classroom, you can see some things have worked, some things have been changed slightly, some things have been replaced because they were not working as planned.

The excitement of the first days of school may be slowing down.  I hope the anxiety of what to expect and any fears have vanished.  The opportunities to get to know everyone better each day has and will continue to support the nourishing environment we need.  Finding the right rhythm for our groups is important as we head into this season.

Take a moment to look back on the journey you and your students have embarked on since the start of the school year.  Consider the lessons you’ve taught, the challenges you’ve faced, and the moments of success and growth.  Reflecting on your experiences can help you gain a deeper understanding of your teaching style and the unique dynamics of your classroom.

This is the time to assess where we are, where we want to go next, and how we intend to get there.  In other words, pause, reflect, and re-energize.  Two Rules is supporting 5 areas of competencies which students are gaining as we work with them daily. 

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Management-Regulation
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Relationship Skills
  5. Making Decisions-Choice

At this time the work in Self-Management (Regulation) is the big umbrella to support the growth a child needs to accomplish. There are two types of regulation: Behavioral and Emotional. Behavioral self-regulation involves acting in your best interest even when your feelings suggest taking a different action. Emotional self-regulation refers to controlling intense emotions like sadness and anger. When we are working with Two Rules, we talk with and listen to children in every situation. We ask a questions-Tell me more….. When they make a choice, the important questions are to begin with thinking about why. Breaking down the choice to reflect on how it made self or others feel is the key component in helping to strengthen all of the competencies.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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