Response-ability, the word says it all. The ability to choose our response. 

Responsibility is one of the many life skills we teach in our classroom. The Grade Three’s are learning not only to be responsible for their own behaviour, but to encourage their co-operative group members to do so as well.

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Group points may provide motivation (or more specifically, the treat that they have a chance to win at the end of each term); but through preforming daily classroom jobs as a group, such as sweeping the floor, wiping the tables, cleaning the board or opening the windows; our students are learning to work with others towards a common goal and to share the responsibility of getting a job done.

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The Grade Three’s are learning to be responsible for their own behaviour too. We encourage this through our dot chart; a means to positively reinforce and reward good behaviour. It is incredible to see the Grade Three’s using their own initiative to do things. From helping a friend who is struggling, to cleaning up spilled juice (even if its not their own) or to take the time to check their arrows with out being told to.

They are also learning to accept responsibility when they break an expectation. This is where parents and our reflection system comes in. This tool helps a student to take responsibility for their actions, by reflecting on their behaviour and finding a way to make a positive change. 

Responsabili-THREE is going to be one of our focuses this term and here are some ideas on how we can nurture this skill both at home and in the classroom:

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Special jobs or chores help teach responsibility and time management. Whether it is watering the classroom plants, or feeding the pets at home. We are using responsibility as a tool to encourage independence. Each child is responsible for unpacking their bag when they arrive at school, challenge them to pack it in the morning (or the night before) at home as well. 

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As Ann Landers said, “Its not just about what we do for them, but what we teach them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”

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