CAPTURING KIDS' HEARTS
What is Capturing Kids' Hearts
Capturing Kids' Hearts is a relationship-building approach to discipline that creates self-managing groups.
How does it work?
Teachers use the EXCEL model to communicate with students. Students create their own rules via a social contract. Students hold each other accountable using "checks" and "fouls". An environment is created that emphasizes positivity through "good things" and affirmations".
The EXCEL model is used:
- to build relationships
- to build self-managing groups
- to build safe classrooms and schools
Engage: Students are greeted at the door with a handshake, eye contact and a sincere welcome.
X-plore: Teachers listen and attend to the personal, emotional, and academic needs of our students.
Communicate: Teachers communicate care as well as content.
Empower: Teachers empower students to gain the ability to "use and do" the things they have been taught.
Launch: Deals with how we "end and send" our students into the world. The purpose is to start our students on a course of action by ending our classes on a powerful note.
The Social Contract:
At the beginning of the school year, a Social Contract was created by the students, facilitated by the teacher, in effort to answer four questions regarding the environment of the classroom. The four questions include:
- How do you want to be treated by the teacher?
- How do you want to be treated by each other?
- How do you think the teacher wants to be treated by you?
- How do we want to treat each other when there is conflict?
The resulting answers make up a list of adjectives which serve as the basis for student expectations of behavior in the classroom.
The Social Contract is signed by all classroom members including the teacher.
The document is a living document and is referred to on a regular basis to highlight success and serves as a guide for when problems arise.
The Four Behavior Questions:
These are questions that we ask each other to help stay true to the social contract.
Checks and Fouls:
When a student is not following the social contract, other students will "check" that student. This is a silent reminder of a thumbs up to remind the student that they need to change their behavior.
When a student is being unkind, other students will "foul" that student. The student is then asked to give "put ups" for the "put down" they gave.
At the beginning of classes, teachers will start with "good things", in which students share something good that is going on with them. This creates an environment of positivity and helps build relationships.