On the first day of school (or any day that works well for you), write the following message on chart paper:
Three Secrets to Success in Elementary (and in life):
1. Make a Good Choice
2. Stay involved
3. Remember to Clean Up
Present this chart to the children and have a discussion about what these secrets mean. Also discuss the meaning of “success.” Then display the chart paper somewhere in the classroom where it’s easily visible. These guidelines are extremely versatile and can be applied to everything the children do. Once the children internalize this mantra and can recall it at any given moment, you will be in a position to hold them accountable for every choice they make. Call it a behavior management tool, call it a mantra for life, call it what you will. It works!