Although the Make Your Day program has evolved over the years based on input from students, educators, parents and trainers, the basic philosophy has not changed. It is still based on the original version of the rule that Earl's students thought would be appropriate for them - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
This rule and these expectations summarize the philosophy of Eagle Ridge Elementary School Make Your Day program. It is based on the premise that every person within the school environment has the right to complete his or her responsibilities without interference from others.
From a student's point of view, this means that they can expect a physically and emotionally safe school environment that is enhanced by a focus on learning. The students are able to communicate directly with those persons who are interfering with their learning in order to bring about change.
Students are encouraged to help each other by communicating politely with the other person when an interfering behavior occurs.
From the teacher's perspective, all behavioral interventions are couched in terms of interfering with another student's rights or with the teacher's right to instruct.
No one has the right to interfere with the learning or safety of others.
Do what is expected and do it the best that you can.