Interviewee: Oh, I'm so happy you're helping. I'm very proud of you when you help your friends. That's very friendly.
You see our expectations pictures? I moved them over here.
The expectations we have in our classroom, we have three expectations. That we're safe and healthy, we are friendly, and we are respectful. We use visuals and put them up and have them represented in the classroom and the kids will talk about them and point to them and go to them. That way, you're not constantly setting limits or talking about rules.
Let's put these back, honey. We wanna use these things respectfully, right? You just take the things that you need.
Male Voice 2: I want the circle.
Interviewee: We always say say what you want children to do, and not what you don't want them to do. Teachers use positive descriptive acknowledgment, which is giving a positive description of what you see that reinforces the expectations you have in the classroom.
You gonna put the top on? Thank you. That is really respectful, Roman. When you take care of your things, then the next person can use them.
Female Voice: Guess—
Interviewee: Oh. Thank you, Jordan. Jordan shares her things. That's very friendly, Jordan. You like to make sure everybody has what they need.
These are beyond rules. They're ways of being together and having fun together. If we can all meet these expectations together, then we can have a productive classroom. We can all be happy together.