The Two Rules philosophy serves as a powerful reminder that the welfare of students is at the core of a school’s culture. By fostering an environment of respect, empathy, and support, educators can create transformative experiences for students and their families. Through this philosophy and during my implementation, I demonstrated the profound impact that relationships and mutual respect can have on shaping the lives of students, even in the face of challenging circumstances. As we strive to create inclusive and nurturing educational environments, let us embrace the principles of the Two Rules philosophy and work towards ensuring that every student feels good and safe every day.
As we worked with Two Rules, we became a family as our staff grew together. We supported each other and recognized the strengths each one had and celebrated each other. We broke ourselves into teams to work with smaller numbers of students, we had a building leadership team, intervention team, team leaders, and a system of support (SOS) which all worked together towards helping us achieve established goals.
Two Rules can work for every school, every situation in helping establish what is needed for the solutions you seek.
As we embark on our journey of understanding and finding solutions, I want to emphasize the importance of seeing things from different perspectives. To help you grasp this concept, I have chosen a remarkable book called “Six Blind Men and the Elephant.” This pop-up book has been a valuable tool for individuals of all ages, including myself.
The story revolves around six blind men who set out to explore and comprehend an elephant. As they explore the elephant by touching different parts of its body, each blind man forms a unique perception of what the elephant is like. They passionately argue with one another because they firmly believe their own perspective to be the only correct one. In reality, though, they are all partially right. If only they could have seen the other blind men’s points of view, they would have discovered that together, they held the complete truth.
This tale holds a valuable lesson for us. When we allow our emotions to dictate our decision-making and fail to pause and ask ourselves important questions, we miss out on comprehending the whole picture. It is crucial that we take a moment to reflect and inquire before reacting. By doing so, we open ourselves up to understanding the perspectives of others and can respond in an appropriate and empathetic manner.
Remember, seeing the world through another person’s eyes broadens our understanding, fosters empathy, and enhances our problem-solving abilities. So, let us embrace the opportunity to see beyond our own vantage point and discover the power of multiple perspectives.
Wishing you a journey of discovery and growth.