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Build Capacity for Taking Responsibility

By saying these words and phrases, you can help your students build capacity for taking responsibility.

  • Bummer.

  • Maybe you’ll make a different choice next time.

  • What do you think I believe happened?

  • Good luck solving that problem.

  • Let me know if you would like any help.

  • You are a good thinker.

  • I bet you can figure this out.

  • Would you like to know what some other kids have tried in situations like this?

  • We’ll see how that works for you. I’ve noticed that you sometimes. . . .

  • What are some other things you could do?

  • How would you like to offer to make this up to me (or someone else)?

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