“Someone else’s behavior is never an excuse for your own” stays up in my classroom all year. I use it in a lesson in early September on the concept of personal responsibility. Thereafter, at any cry of “he told me to do it” or “she did it first”, I will bring the entire class to a halt so we can reread this phrase and I can reinforce the concept of “YOU are in charge of YOU”. I think it’s been very successful, and at the very least my students learn very quickly that blaming others for their actions doesn’t fly with me, and they quit trying it!
My ELA/Reading Digital Anchor Charts Freebie made the Teacher Pay Teachers’ Weekly Newsletter. This is a BIG accomplishment and a personal goal that I have strived to achieve for the past few months. All the success I have had is absolutely amazing!