Renee believes in a community where everyone takes responsibility for their actions; whether they result in success or failure, are a mistake or a happy coincidence. Actions lead to outcomes and too often, we shy away from a sense of personal responsibility, particularly when things go badly.
At Renee’s school, House Managers, Head of Years and Deputy Principals spend at least 70% of their time on behaviour management. Between January and September, there were 6000 referrals internally at Renee’s school for behaviour issues, and there was a pattern of blaming others for mistakes, issues and problems. Similarly, Renee noticed that members of her school community weren’t very good at owning and celebrating their successes.
Renee decided to focus on helping people to take responsibility for their actions.
She had t-shirts with #OwnIt screen printed on them, and took the concept to the Year 7 students at Renee’s secondary school. It’s become the mantra of their year level.
When students receive a certificate in assembly, teachers remind students to #OwnIt, and to stand up tall and proud.
As the House Manager, Renee’s day involves lots of behaviour management and talking about actions and consequences. She uses #OwnIt to guide these conversations with both students and parents.
Renee’s giving out #OwnIt t-shirts to help spread the mantra across the school.
#OwnIt has been rolled out with all Year 7s at Renee’s school; that’s 300 students who now have the mantra that supports them taking responsibility for their positive and not-so-positive behaviours.
Renee is looking forward to rolling #OwnIt out with other year levels, and for the behaviours of staff, students and parents to start to become more deliberate and consequence-informed as a result.
Like the idea?
Renee would love your support for #OwnIt, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Renee and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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