Practice Two

Practice Two

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

Practice Implementation Guide Introduction - The 'WHY?', 'WHERE?', 'WHEN?', Benefits, Objections, and Response

Index of Printable Materials

Life Principle, Expectation, And Quote

Life PrinciplesCOURTESY – consideration, cooperation, and generosity

  Quote: Quotes on Courtesy 

Expectation #3 - We will use good manners, saying, "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" and allow others to go first. 

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High School
Middle School

Basic Tenets, Eight Expectations, and 17 Practices

Hand Sign For Practice Two

Practice - Make a palm down ‘A’ and move it back and forth across the left index finger. Two - May be done palm in or out.



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.

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.

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

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.

16. Educators and learners employ effective interpersonal communication skills.

17. Educators and Learners celebrate the successes of others.

Practice Two Characteristics Of Implementation

Includes links to online resources to assist in implementation for each characteristic. 1. Model and encourage addressing others by name. Redirect learners to do so as   necessary.  Implementation Online Resources:

2. Teach the importance and benefits of using complete sentences in life.  Implementation Online Resources:

3. Establish procedures for speaking in complete sentences and for addressing  by name. When? Where? How?  Implementation Online Resources:

4. Prepare learners for formal presentations and leadership.  Implementation Online Resources:

5. Discuss appropriate tone and body language to use when communicating.  Implementation Online Resources:

6. Use positive dialogue in redirecting fragment responses and allow  reconstruction and rephrasing to show a complete thought.  Implementation Online Resources:

  • Magic Triad 
  • Procedure for Designating Time for Formal or Casual Speech Example 

7. Encourage learners to discuss ways to become more effective communicators.   Implementation Online Resources:

8. Offer state changes by having learners stand to present ideas, information,   or projects.   Implementation Online Resources:

9. During instruction, develop strategic questions that offer learners theopportunity to supply missing information through the use of complete sentences.  Implementation Online Resources

10. Use formal speech when making introductions, speaking publicly, or   addressing other learners. Use informal speech during collaboration, creative  discussions, or brain-storming ways to connect ideas.   Implementation Online Resources:

11. Explain to learners that each time they stand, address their audience, and speak  in complete sentences, they are practicing public speaking skills - giving  miniature speeches.   Implementation Online Resources:

12. Seek opportunities throughout all learning events to reflect on objectives or  goals through the use of complete sentences that reflect the essence of   objective.   Implementation Online Resources:

13. Model positive dialogue and encourage reframing negative dialogue into  a more positive frame.   Implementation Online Resources:


Observable Evidence Of Practice Two

Includes links to online resources to assist in implementation  1. Procedure for addressing one another by name  Implementation Online Resources:

2. Procedure for speaking in complete sentences  Implementation Online Resources:

3. Procedure for use of formal and informal address  Implementation Online Resources:

 4. Procedure for greeting and introducing visitors  Implementation Online Resources:

 5. Engaging learners in interactive communication  Implementation Online Resources:

6. Praise, encouragement, and affirmations used to recognize and motivate efforts.   Validate opinions and ideas.

 7. Celebrating each other's successes  Implementation Online Resources:

 8. Goal Setting and Decision-making (Voice & Choice)  Implementation Online Resources:


Communicating in Style by Julie Barrett Rationale for 17 Practices Practice 2 - pages 6-7 Understanding and Working with Students and Adults from Poverty by Ruby Payne


Educator: Resources - contains Websites and Other Materials for COURTESY Expectation #3 - See Literature resources for each level, Elementary and MSHS Learner: Literature Lesson   Elementary  MS/HS: Courtesy  MS/HS


Synonyms: Etiquette propriety Mores Courtesy Lexicon Resource Dictionary Lower Elementary Lexicon

Video Links

See Manual, Practice 2, for QR code for the video See Expectation #3 video links

Learning Strategies

Learning Strategies - Specific strategies to assist in implementing Practice #2 Ideas for Practice #2 Implementation - 26 Ideas for implementing Practice #2

Practice #2 Implementation Evaluation And Goal Setting

Practice #2 Evaluation - This instrument may be used as an individual or building-wide evaluation of the implementation for Practice #2. Its use to establish goals for growth is encouraged.  Goal Setting for Practice 2 using the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Goal Setting Worksheet and Goal Setting Planning Sheet - This process may be used to set goals and work through planning the implementation of Practice #2. Examples are included. Goal Setting Practice 2 Example CR Worksheet and Goal Setting Practice #2 Example Planning Sheet