STARR @Brighouse Blazers
What does it mean to be a STARR at Brighouse?
Can you name two or more adults at school who believe you will be successful?
What do you do when you have a problem?
The majority students can name what each of the letters stand for, but after a year of working together, participating in community building assemblies, playing sports with a variety of adults in the school and in-class social thinking groups,
Can they now explain what each word means? We had some classes answer this question:
“ means being proactive” RR, grade 5
“Safe means you are careful of your surroundings and gentle to people” AA, grade 5
“Think before you speak, think before you act” QC, grade 4
“Sharing the swing with one another” NL, grade 5
“If you ask someone to join your game, be kind and let them play. To accept people for who they are and don’t try to change them” VD, grade 4
“If someone asks if they can play be nice and let them play” LG, grade 4
“ instructions and owning your work” SD, grade 5
“ means to do things without being told” KL, grade 5
“ someone in need” YK, grade 4
These answers show growth in the students’ ability to understand what our school matrix means. We have also been working with some social thinking groups. Some students are using the resource “Blurt Alert” where students practice making the best choices in various school scenarios. The is on when to speak and how to make the comments and questions kind and respectful. Other groups are working on active listening and taking turns as well as learning to judge the size of a problem.
There is still work to be done in this area and we will continue with this goal in the next school year.