Although they couldn't tell me where they got the poster they did direct me to a web site. After some quick typing I found what I was looking for. It's from the Positive Coaching Alliance web page. Here's what I made after reading the web site.
|ELM Tree of Mastery design my Mrs. Jackson|
There are three parts to mastery.
- E for Effort. Give your best effort every day. Try your hardest every day. You can't win in sports (or anything really! - Mrs Jackson) without effort.
- L is for Learning. Continue learning and improving each day. To be able to stand up against the best teams you have to learn to play your sport at the highest level. If you win and learn nothing from that game then was that really a successful win? It's important to always be improving.
- M is for Mistakes. Mistakes are part of learning. It's okay to make mistakes. How you respond to a mistake is important.
Positive Coaching Alliance even states that research shows an improvement on the scoreboard if athletes focus on ELM.
When I think about my goals to increase classroom improvement in social studies these topics come to mind... effort, having students responsible for their own learning, and reducing the pressure of classroom mistakes are at the top of my list. It's a natural fit from the court to the classroom. The Positive Coaching Alliance has several sample scripts and talking points that I can use to mold into my teaching style. To further drive home my points I am thinking of taking the back wall in my room and designing a huge tree along with the ELM statements. Do you think contact paper would stick to a cinder block wall? Guess who is going to find out? Me! I'll keep you posted.
Have you ever taken an idea or philosophy from an area outside of education and applied it in your classroom? How did it work out for you?
Clipart Tree Seasons: Summer Garden Tree
Background: Fanciful Fall Paper Pack Freebie
ELM information: Positive Coaching Alliance
Font: DK Carte Blanch