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JES 3RD Graders Think “Win-Win”

web posted January 25, 2019

012519jesJOHNSTON - Habit 4 of The Leader in Me is “Think Win-Win” which basically means your attitude toward life.  It emphasizes each person winning in a situation and forms the foundation for getting along with others and working together to solve problems. 

Johnston Elementary 3rd graders are working to put this idea into action. After an initial lesson, they focused on how to makes deposits into another person’s “emotional bank account”.

According to The Leader in Me, “an Emotional Bank Account is a metaphor for the amount of trust that exists between two people. ‘Deposits’ build and repair trust. ‘Withdrawals’ break down trust. Small kindnesses are a meaningful way of making deposits.” 

Students in Mrs. Billie’s, Mrs. Shields’s, and Mrs. Rowe’s homerooms put this into practice. Each day during the week, every student makes a “deposit” into another person’s emotional bank account. It can be a classmate or an adult.  The deposits range from writing a note, lending a helping hand, paying a compliment, to just saying “thank you”.

On Friday mornings, the students gather during WIN time (what I need) and reflect on what deposits have been made. They also discuss if there have been any “withdrawals”, hurtful words, negative actions, etc.  The students end the reflection time with a better understanding of how words and actions affect others.  Mrs. Rowe shared, “I want this to become a part of their daily life without having to be reminded.” Johnston Elementary continues their effort to grow World Class Citizens.

Pictured Above:
3rd graders, Joseph Pack, Allie Enlow, Precious Campbell, Perla Gallegos Alvarez, Kamarion Jackson, and Priston Blocker display the charts they used to track the “deposits’ they made during the week.

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