Students are encouraged to take responsibility and be accountable for their own actions. There are five lifekills that we focus on: truth, trust, personal best; respect; and active listening. I model these skills for students and I respect each individual. In an effort to model respect, I work to avoid embarrassing forms of discipline and remove the absence of threat. When students feel threatened they shut down and learning cannot occur. Threat can occur because another student harasses a child and unfortunately, the teacher can pose a threat when children feel embarrassed or humiliated. I am sensitive to both situations.  My favorite line with students is we all make mistakes, the important thing is to learn from them. All school rules noted in the handbook will be followed in the classroom.  

When I need the children’s attention I ask them to “give me five.” This means I need them to do five things: be still, hands free, mouth quiet, eyes on speaker, and actively listening to the message. At times I will offer signals to get the children’s attention, such as a bell or clapping a rhythm. 

Students are allowed to use the restroom as needed. They are encouraged not to use the restroom in the middle of a lesson, but may do so if they feel it is an emergency. Students do not need to ask permission to use the restroom; they may simply remove the designated tag from the door. This helps me to keep track of them and only allows one boy and one girl to be in the restroom at a given moment. If an emergency arises and the classroom restroom is in use, the child just needs to ask and I let them use the restroom at the end of the hall. I also offer scheduled restroom breaks before major transition times (lunch, special classes, recess, etc.)


Mrs. Eckerle's Electronic World
Hoover Elementary
15900 Levan Road
Livonia, MI, 48154