Practice Five – Practice Connections

1. Educators and learners model desired behaviors and attitudes such as those set forth in the Life Principles and the Eight Expectations for Living.

2. Educators and learners speak in complete sentences and address one another by name, demonstrating mutual respect and common courtesy.

3. Learners are taught thoroughly and to mastery, ensuring success for all. Whole group instruction is interwoven with flexible group instruction and individual instruction.

4. Learning experiences are integrated, related to the real world, reviewed consistently, and connected to subsequent curricula.

6. The environment is non-threatening and conducive to risk-taking. Mistakes are viewed as opportunities to learn and grow.

7. Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily. These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curricula.

8. Enrich vocabulary is evident and is drawn directly from challenging writing and/or wisdom literature.

9. The Magic Triad, a positive and caring environment, and discipline with dignity and logic are evident.

10. Learner’s work is displayed in some form. Positive and timely feedback is provided through oral and/or written feedback

12. Learners assume responsibility for their own behavior. Their choices determine consequences.

14. All learners experience success. The educator guarantees it by comparing learners to their own past performance, not the performance of others. Learners are showcased, and past failures are disregarded.

15. Educators teach on their feet, thus utilizing proximity. They engage learners personally, hold high expectations of learners, and should not limit learners to grade level or perceived ability.

16. Educators and learners employ effective interpersonal communication skills.

17. Educators and Learners celebrate the successes of others.