When we ROCK, we take Responsibility for our actions, we make good Observations and Choices, and obtain, use, and share Knowledge to help us be positive members of a caring community.
ROCK is a tool used to help establish a healthy learning culture and community. Interactions with others make up most of a child’s day. These interactions range from fun, positive, healthy interactions to those that involve conflict, angst, anger, or hurt. How these interactions are processed and handled determine the culture of your learning community.
ROCK is a tool to help you support students in managing daily social interactions. With continued integration and practice, ROCK becomes the foundation for how your students become a friend to themselves and others!
Use the following ideas to help you implement ROCK in order to cultivate a healthy learning community!
- How do I envision using ROCK on a day-to-day basis?
- What resources do I want to use and when?
- How will I make ROCK visible in my classroom? (Note: “See ROCK” section for ideas)
- How is my school or learning organization using ROCK and how might I collaborate with others?
- How will ROCK work with already existing tools and resources I use to cultivate a healthy learning community?
When I was at a meeting this morning, a friend and I needed to organize our school picnic and had different ideas. I used ROCK to help us. We figured out that our Responsibility was to work together in a kind way to make sure we make the best choices so the picnic will be great for everyone. I Observed that my friend really wanted to organize the picnic differently than I did, and that there were many options so we listed all of the ways we could organize. This gave us a list of many different options to make Choices. We used our Knowledge from previous picnics, and asked others to share theirKnowledge from previous picnics, to help us make a good Choice on how to organize.
- Use the Sammy and Martin finger puppets found in IM4U resources to model the use of ROCK in a variety of situations. Create scenarios that are relevant to your students.
– Use ROCK to guide students through day-to-day interactions and problem solving with others. To do this:
- Get down on a child’s level: squat or sit near the students and provide a calm presence. You may say: I see that you are upset (or whatever emotion). Let’s ROCK this situation!
- Encourage each child to take a minute to take a deep breath or shake off a strong emotion so they will be able to ROCK.
- Adapt the following types of questions to help students work through a situation:
R: Think about what was happening, what is your responsibility in the situation? You may need to help them name their responsibility at first.
O: What did you notice about yourself? What about the other person? Have the students listen to each other’s answers and acknowledge if this was correct or if there was a misunderstanding.
C: What choices did you make in the situation? How do you think those choices affected the other person? Were there other choices you could have made? What do you think might have happened if you had made a different choice? Is there a choice you could make together that might help solve this problem/issues? Note: You may need to help students with words to use during this discussion.
K: What did you learn about yourself in this situation? If this happens again, what do you think you might do?
Give each child a ROCK sticker in celebration of their approach to problems solving. As you see students in the classroom take the initiative to use ROCK, be sure to provide them with a ROCK sticker. Print your ROCK stickers using printable sticker paper from a local office supply store and the template provided here.
Make a ROCK Wall in your school or classroom. Every time a teacher sees someone using ROCK they will stick a ROCK sticker on the wall. When the wall is full have a celebration!