A Post on Student Achievement Best PracticesBy Jane Papenberg, Pre-K Teacher
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To accomplish the "I can" feeling, during the first month of school, I bake cookies and my para and I write the word can't, on the cookie in icing, for each child. We read a motivating book about accomplishment, we discuss and practice, I can activities and then we eat the cookie that says "I can't." If the child chooses to eat the cookie the child cannot say the words: I can't, ever again. It is reinforced every time someone says the words.
The thing I learned by this activity is that the children take it literally and seriously. If a new child joins the class, if another student hears the words, "I can't," the new student is quickly reprimanded by his or her peers. The student will be told, "You have to try to get help and you have to practice to get it right." I have done this activity 2 years in a row and will continue to, every year. Never too old to eat a cookie and remember practice is how we get better at whatever is worth accomplishing.
The children leave my classroom confident in their own ability no matter what happens outside of the classroom. The child has a life long skill and knowledge about how to achieve their own dreams and goals.