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Teacher Provides an Overview of Habits of Success at Roots

Roots teacher, Megan Miles, is a Habits of Success teacher. She shares more about her role and what she does with students throughout the day.


Transcript: Megan Miles: part of our model is based on the idea that in addition to sort of the traditional academic skills that kids need to learn in order to be successful, they also need a lot of social and emotional skills in order to truly be successful. And what they found in a lot of studies are, kids might be able to learn the academics. But if they're not learning these social and emotional skills, even if they make it to college or whatever it is, they don't have the skills to cope when they're out in the world. So, part of what we try to do here is teach them these coping skills, social and emotional skills from the very beginning. And so what that looks like is, I teach a class every morning called morning circle, and we go through a lot of these different skills. We also work with them one-on-one. So you'll probably see me and the other coaches and habits of success team pulling kids all day when we notice like, behavior issues, and I try to sit them down, coach them through like, working through their problems. We've tried that a lot of different ways just recently. We made a worksheet called I Can Solve It, which is really great. It's been helping kids a lot. So when they come to me with a problem, a lot of times they can say, let's go get a worksheet and let's talk about your tools to solve this. And so, we – we're using a curriculum called "Dovetail" this year which goes through --it's got 12 tools that kids are learning, like the breathing tool is a really good one. The garbage can tool, where if they have a little problem, they can take it out of their head and throw it away. So, and honestly, I never thought that one would work. That's like, the very best one. I don't know, four, five, and six year-olds are really good at just like, throwing little things out. So, it helps them move on with their day. And instead of getting angry or hitting or yelling or whatever it is, we're trying to teach them like, use your words to solve this problem. What can you say? Use an I statement. Take some time, whatever it is that they need. Advocating for themselves is another big skill that we're trying to teach them right now.

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