What if Everybody Does That?
What if everybody did what we were doing? What if I decided to be disrespectful to my teacher and my classmates? What if everybody was disrespectful to their teachers? How would that be? Can you imagine how difficult it would be to get anything done at school if EVERYBODY was disrespectful to their teachers and classmates?
Consider the alternative: what if I chose to be caring, compassionate, and have empathy for my classmates? What if everybody did that? How would that be? Imagine how awesome school would be if EVERYBODY chose to be caring, compassionate and demonstrate empathy to their classmates and teachers? Make a decision about your actions based on what it would be like if EVERYBODY did that. Just a thought.
Exceptional vs Acceptable
It is in our nature to "fit in" or to belong to the group. The only problem is when your own values clash with the values of "the group." Trust your gut when it comes to values decisions, because you'll never regret doing the right thing, and staying true to yourself. Don't give up what makes you "Exceptional" just to be "Acceptable" to the group.
A clique or cLic?
When you hear the word clique, what do you picture? The definition of the word clique reads, "a small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together". So far, that sounds pretty great, but the rest of the definition, "who do not readily allow others to join them.", may bring images of the popular high school girls, or the jocks that don't let anyone sit with them at lunch. That definition is the exact opposite of what our cLic is all about. With almost 40 years in education between us, many of which were also spent coaching various sports, we have seen several cliques come and go through the school hallways, classrooms, and lunchrooms. Cliques, even as young as 4th and 5th grade that are exclusive, hurtful, and even border on the line of bullying permeate our schools. Such cliques can lead to low self-esteem, academic and social failures and even suicide. Unfortunately, there will always be cliques like this. The good news, is that our cLic program with the help of amazing educators across the country, will bring the right cLic to your school. With a menu of program options for all grades, 4-12, you can choose the fit that will meet your specific district needs. Do you need more student involvement, student leadership, more positive student connections throughout the school or to get your students to go even greater to act locally and think globally? Clic is your answer. We can't wait to help you change your school culture, climate and community. Start today!
Dan and Amy Allen are Educators and Advocates for Students.