Would you believe me if I said everyone can win? You should, because in a classroom setting this is the only way to build community. This doesn’t mean that every child needs fairness; it means every child needs to feel as if they can contribute to the classroom mission. So how do you begin teaching children how to “think win-win?”
For this “Leader in Me” Habit we read Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Leonni. In this story, Alexander meets a toy mouse that by his account seems to get more attention and love by people. He wants to be more like the toy mouse and sometimes even finds himself envying him. By the end of the book though, Alexander realizes that he should be more helpful to his friend and find a way to solve a problem before it is too late.
As an educator, it is my job to search for examples of leaders in my classroom exhibiting these win-win behaviors. All children want to be accepted as a valuable member of the classroom. These examples can be found during whole, small, or individual groups. It can be found on the playground, walking in the hallway, and playing games together.