support of further developing 21st Century Skills and people soft skills to our
students, we have decided to introduce Well Managed Schools (WMS) to our
students at Platt/CHOICE this year. In preparation of this introduction to students, staff members will receive two full days of training. Our first training was on August 11, 2017. Our second training will be in February 2018.
The Well Managed School Model
(Boys Town Education Model®) is used in thousands of schools nationwide. It focuses on managing behavior, building relationships, and teaching social skills through prevention and proactivity. The goal is to provide:
- A curriculum of specific life skills that schools can use to prepare students to succeed both in and out of the classroom
- Classroom management methods to help teachers reach challenging students and spend more time on teaching
- Proven intervention strategies for administrators to help them improve positive outcomes for all students
The 16 essential skills listed below can also be found in the WMS-Poster (or WMS-Poster-with-Icons). These are set up to encourage students to accept responsibility for their behavior while motivating them to make the best choices that they can. Of these 16 skills, our staff has decided to introduce the first three skills to students during the first two months of the school year.
- Following Instructions- Look at the person. Say "Okay." Do what you’ve been asked right away. Check back.
- Working with Others- Identify the task to be completed. Assign tasks to each person. Discuss ideas in a calm, quiet voice and let everyone share their ideas. Work on tasks until completed.
- Asking for Help- Look at the person. Ask the person if they have time to help you. Clearly explain the kind of help that you need. Thank the person for helping.
- Accepting Criticism or a Consequence- Look at the person. Say "Okay." Stay calm.
- Accepting "No" for an Answer- Look at the person. Say "Okay." Stay calm. If you disagree, ask later.
- Greeting Others- Look at the person. Use a friendly voice. Say "Hi" or "Hello."
- Getting the Teacher’s Attention- Look at the teacher. Raise your hand. Stay calm. Wait until the teacher says your name. Ask your question.
- Disagreeing Appropriately- Look at the person. Use a friendly voice. Tell why you feel differently. Give a reason. Listen to the other person.
- Making an Apology- Look at the person. Use a serious, sincere voice. Say "I’m sorry for … ." or "I want to apologize for.. ." Explain how you plan to do better in the future. Say, "Thanks for listening."
- Accepting Compliments- Look at the person. Use a friendly voice. Say "Thank you."
- Having a Conversation- Look at the person. Use a friendly voice. Listen to what the other person says. When there is a break in the conversation, ask a question or share your thoughts.
- Asking Permission- Look at the person. Use a calm and friendly voice. Say, ‘May I…" Accept the answer calmly
- Staying on Task- Look at your task or assignment. Think about the steps needed to complete the task. Focus all of your attention on the task. Ignore distractions and interruptions from others. Stop working only when instructed.
- Sharing with Others- Let the other person use the item first. Ask if you can use it later. When you get to use it, offer it back to the other person after you have used it.
- Listening- Look at the person who is talking and stay quiet. Wait until the person is finished talking before you speak.
- Appropriate Voice Tone- Listen to the level of the voices around you. Change your voice tone to match. Watch and listen for visual or verbal cues and adjust your voice as needed.
Parents/Guardians-- Your help/support is needed with teaching the steps
shown in the WMS-SocialSkills Summary Document to your students as it relates to the first three skills that are being focused on at the start of the year. Also, if there are any other skills listed above which may be helpful to your student, please don't hesitate to practice the steps at home.