Date
24 July 2024

Teach students to enact school values

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Keep messages simple

Keep messages simple

Use a small number of positive school values to guide expectations for kaiako, ākonga, whānau and community.

Reflect on some key considerations.

  • Are expectations clearly defined, positively stated, and displayed visually?
  • Have you limited the expectations to between three and five?
  • Do you use the language from the expectations in regular, everyday contexts?
  • Have you planned for teaching and practising the routines and expectations?
  • Have you set up an acknowledgement system, which includes frequent, short and long-term feedback?
  • Do you have a system in place for student feedback about agreed expectations of the teacher?
  • Are students reminded of their choices in a calm, positive manner to prevent an escalation in behaviour?

Provide examples and practise

Provide examples and practise

Provide a range of positive examples so ākonga can enact school values successfully. Offer multiple opportunities to understand and practise ways of enacting the school values.

For example, show positive examples using:

  • Visuals
  • Stories 
  • Videos created by students
  • Social stories
  • Role plays
  • Celebrations and awards.

Empower student and teacher leaders

Empower student and teacher leaders

Staff at Manurewa Intermediate School talk about the importance of leadership and values in creating a positive school culture.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Embed social and emotional learning”:

Return to the guide “Behaviour and learning”

Guide to Index of the guide: Behaviour and learning

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