Halecrest Teachers are on a Mission

Halecrest Elementary teachers started the school year with a staff activity that included reading an article called “Teacher as Bully: Knowingly or Unintentionally Harming Students,” by Ruth Sylvester.  ​

http://www.deltakappagamma.org/NH/dkgbulletinwinter2011.PDF    (Page 42)

We thought about things we might have done and identified examples from the text,” said Halecrest Principal Shayne Wilson. “We then brainstormed how we could do the opposite to nurture and build up a child.   We listed these, and the teachers created a mission statement for their students.”Halecrest-beginning of year (2)

Here is what the teachers developed as Halecrest’s Teacher Mission Statement:

“We will be patient, empathetic, and supportive to create a positive learning environment. We will listen and promise to hear you out. We will stop and think before we speak. We will hold all students to high expectations based on compassion.”

Students noticed, too.

“It was a great way to start of the year!” Wilson said.


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