Okay! We’ve all been there! We start the year off with all of these goals and resolutions with a blank slate and a game plan. You’re gung-ho! You’re fired up!
Then after several weeks, months, or sometimes even days, your momentum slows. Eventually, you give up.
Well, I have an idea…
In my classroom, I use the “Whole Brain Teaching” method. It has several components, and one of them is life-changing! It is called our “Super Improver Board.” ( I got my bulletin board themes and rules here.)
It has levels, and each level has ten stars to attain. After completing the ten stars, you graduate to the next level. (The child also receives a “cheer” and a trip to the treasure chest.). At each level, you gain a new skill to achieve.
Each student has a different, individualized skill. One student’s skill might be “waiting your turn to speak.” Another’s might be “learning numbers 1-20.” Each time I see improvement in the child’s skill, I give the child a star.
Basically, I am trying to make this a positive habit. It has been highly successful in my classroom. And, I thought..
“TEACHER HEAL THYSELF!”
So, let’s apply this to my adult life. I don’t have a bulletin board but I thought “a letter board!” (I got this one at Target for $15.)
My “Super Improver Board” at school has a sports theme, so I thought Rourke would like this. So, I am sticking to this. We will both start as “Fans.”
He will think of a skill I need improving on, and I him. Each time we see each other improve, we will give one another a point.
After completing the skill by earning 10 points, we will be treated to something small but nice. (i.e. breakfast in bed or a back rub) A new skill is given at the next level with the ultimate goal is making it to “Living Legend.” This could be an award of something more substantial, like a day at the spa or a new Gigi handbag.
So I set this up in the den on this table and am storing the numbers and letters in the drawer.
So I cheers you to a year of self-improvement and good habits! I will keep you updated! Hopefully, there will be a new Gigi bag in my near future!;)
FYI.. apparently, I use too many pots and pans when I cook, so my first skill is to not use as many and clean as I go.Here is day 4 into this!
Gigi here I come!