"We are leveling up!"
This magical phrase is an amazing way to teach more advanced skills and techniques. It encourages stronger techniques, better craftsmanship and even higher behavior expectations. I swear. It is magic.
Many kids take dance, karate, swimming lessons that have them level up to a more challenging level.
Lots of kids play sports where they level up to more challenging positions and plays.
Most kids play some kind of game that allows them to level up.
They understand what this means. They love it. It excites and intrigues them.
"Leveling up" allows you to really TEACH TECHNIQUES to kids who UNDERSTAND this is new territory. And that is could be hard or awkward at first.
"Leveling up" sends a clear message to the kids that you think they are responsible and worthy of this honor--and they will strive to keep it. What their faces when you say it. They get excited.
"Leveling up" also says there is no going backward. (What Dolphin wants to go back to the doggie paddling Guppies?)
|Check out this kindergartners' posture! Holy cow, I am jealous. I love her concentration and pencil grip.|
And what happens when a kid does fall back to an earlier (and at times, undesirable!) behavior, because they will?
Love and Logic, baby. So easy:
- Sorry guys, scribbling is not part of this level.
- Rushing and sloppy work was last years level. What level should you be on now?
- I know leveling can be hard at first, but you will get it! (Just like you got that video game boss-soccer kick-swim stroke-basketball throw-complicated dance step-etc!)
Even if it doesn't work 100% of the time, this is a great tool to keep in your toolbox. Plus, it makes me happy to say it.