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Archive II – I AM

School is a part of one’s life experience. Some who read this will remember school from their day. Citizenship was important then too, as well as development of lasting friendships. Listen to what people from the other century thought about school days.

 

 


 

 

As you remember in the Citizenship area last month, “I AM” is based on the premise that there are three key players within the education process, the parent, the teacher, and the student. http://www.whyiam.info It is I AM’s goal to open up a dialogue between the three which identifies perceived roles/boundaries and clarifies how each player relates to the other. A visual button with an attached message board provides the platform from which each player starts role identification and all act as a jumping off point for discussion.

The intent of the button is to encourage empowerment and the message board reinforces that message, and the “how to” manual suggests strategies and methods of empowerment.

The parent says I AM THE LINCHPIN FOR MY CHILD’S EDUCATION. within the educational process. Yes, because almost everyone agrees that the parent(s) are their children’s first and most important teacher. The parent has important knowledge about what the child likes, dislikes, needs and problems of which the school may not be aware. So early childhood education, infancy included, comes at the hems of the mother’s garments. Formal education follows not too long after.

The teacher says “I AM ESSENTIAL TO MY STUDENT’S EDUCATION.” Defining essential is huge, for the teacher may be the second most important person to children and youth outside of the family. They along with the parents hold the shaping of the child’s life in their hands. What they bring to the educational experience can help a child fail or succeed

Depending on the grade level the student says “I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MY OWN EDUCATION- (DUH.”), (YO), or (ME). The child/student is the common denominator for both the parent and the teacher. What the student is willing to bring to the table is one of the deciding factors of success.

If the student truly recognizes his/her role in the education process and is willing to perform to full capacity, this is the real indicator of success.

Significant in the child/student message board is the discussion around Erik Erickson’s eight stages of man. Although heady, conceptualization that there are phases in life that exists from birth to death can be truncated down so that children through early teaching/training learn that there are jobs or tasks that occur every year of life. Other theorists or psycho social scientists can supplement Erickson and support the notion that all behavior has meaning and occurs developmentally and sequentially building on both of one’s strengths and weaknesses.

Certainly, by middle school, children know that there is cause and effect, which summarily can lead to a discussion around roles and tasks that come with role definitions.

Underpinning for all three is a level of esteem that begs the challenge of one’s self-engaging with the concept that says “ I AM.”

I AM CONCEPT (S) ARE PRESENTED

Within a set of I AM buttons designed for the parent, the teacher, the elementary school student, the middle school student, and the high school student.

Within a Message Board that lays out responsibilities in a rhyme time clip art presentation, each member of the educational process has his/her own message board. The parent has one, the teacher, and each of the school categories have one.

Through logos on T-shirts for each category i.e. for the parents is “I AM THE LINCHPIN FOR MY CHILD’S EDUCATION.

Through Key Chain Buttons that reinforces the logo for each category and accompanies the message board, both kick off the I AM message.

In the Family Values Policies and Procedures Manual is lodged the parent pledge, the teacher pledge, and the student pledge, each located in the Appendix.

In Circle Buttons, a bakers’ dozen (thirteen) in each category, the concept continues to be reinforced.

 

 

Below, pledges between key players in the Education system increase character building, and character foundation commitment and role responsibility. As noted, these pledges are written around the “I AM” concept discussed in the last issue that can be reviewed completely in the archives. Accompanying each pledge is a button that is a visual aid to increase the intent of role responsibility.

Click here to print the Parent Pledge

 

I AM THE LINCHPIN FOR MY CHILD’S EDUCATION

To receive a free key chain button please submit a S&H charge of $6.00 through pay pal by clicking the button below. Please remember to fill in your mailing address.





Click here to print the Teacher Pledge

I AM ESSENTIAL TO MY STUDENT’S EDUCATION

To receive a free key chain button please submit a S&H charge of $6.00 through pay pal by clicking the button below. Please remember to fill in your mailing address.





Click here to print the Student Pledge

I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MY OWN EDUCATION – ME

To receive a free key chain button please submit a S&H charge of $6.00 through pay pal by clicking the button below. Please remember to fill in your mailing address.




I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MY OWN EDUCATION – DUH

 

To receive a free key chain button please submit a S&H charge of $6.00 through pay pal by clicking the button below. Please remember to fill in your mailing address.




I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MY OWN EDUCATION – YO

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