Lifelong Guidelines of the HET Model
The Lifelong Guidelines became the foundation for character education by establishing a classroom culture through the Highly Effective Teaching (HET) Model. Our theory is that it's not what we do to make students behave, it's what we model day-in and day-out that provides an example of what acceptable behavior looks, sounds, and feels like. The emotional climate must be safe and predictable if high achievement is to be attained. Experience has shown that once a school embraces Lifelong Guidelines and the LIFESKILLS (which further define Personal Best), there are two immediate changes:
In addition, the number of reference books being checked out of the library increases from 30-50%, and previous behavior issues resulting in lost classroom time is minimized, resulting in higher focus towards learning. The Lifelong Guidelines are guideposts for success in life; not just rules for the classroom. They apply to all aspects of life – personal relationships, the workplace, religious gatherings, community meetings, and all interactions for life in general.
All decisions about education should be made in response to the findings of current brain research. The learning environment must be free of threat while promoting mutual respect and fostering a sense of belonging. This relationship connection between teachers and students, student-to-student, and teacher-to teacher, is necessary to effectively set the tone in an optimal learning environment before the mentally, physically, and academically engaging components can be attained. This is the foundation of character education and responsible self-management. The overarching goals of HET education are to increase human capacity and create responsible citizens. The learner's brain function is optimized through the implementation of our bodybrain-compatible education model, making the learning effective, relevant, and memorable while providing the opportunity to make a difference through Highly Effective Teaching.
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