What Can We Learn From KIPP?
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
- At the beginning of the school year, have your students write and sign a contract. The contract should include behavioral as well as academic expectations.
- Keep your eyes on the prize. Make long-term goals clear and present. Post them around the room, and have students design posters of their own. (College is constantly discussed at KIPP.)
- Compose a class motto similar to the "No Shortcuts" idea. Have students offer suggestions and vote for the favorite.
- Model what an attentive student looks like and reinforce it with role-plays.
- Encourage peers to create a dynamic and harmonious classroom. Include ample opportunity for group projects and discussion. Teach children how to listen and respond to their peers' ideas.
- Use discipline that allows students to learn from their mistakes. The apology letter to the class enables the offender to see that his behavior detracts from his peers' learning.
- Plan at least one outside of school enrichment activity. You may even want to have field trips as rewards for academic achievement. (KIPP has Saturday activities.)