You Can Do It

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The You Can Do It (YCDI) P-6 program provides students with the positive mindset necessary for them to develop foundations for achievement and social-emotional well-being in school, work and the world of tomorrow. It encourages students to perform at a level consistent with their ability.

One component of the KidsMatter initiaitve is Social and Emotional Learning for Students (SEL). This is the process of learning how to recognise and manage emotions, feel concerns for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships and handle challenging situations effectiviely. SEL is fundamental to students' mental health, academic learning, moral development and motivation to cooperate and achieve. At Aranda, skills to enhance social and emotional competence are taught explicitly in the classroom through the You Can Do It program.

YCDI supports the development of a positive learning environment and is a key component of our Health curriculum.

There are five foundations to the program - Organisation, Persistence, Getting Along, Confidence and Resilience.

Organisation

The ability to set goals and manage time effectively. Being responsible for personal items and belongings in the classroom and playground.

Persistence

The ability to remain focussed on a task until it is completed even if it may be difficult. To work hard to achieve results.

Getting Along

The ability to mix well with others. To be tolerant and non-judgemental and be able to think through problems independently. The ability to work within accepted rules of the school and the classroom.

Confidence

The ability to believe in yourself. To work independently and have an optimistic outlook and recognise making mistakes as part of authentic learning.

Resilience

The ablility to calm down and feel better when very upset. Knowing how to stay calm and being able to stop from getting extremely angry, down or worried when something "bad" happens.

In the classroom YCDI foundations are taught explicitly. Teachers determine the foundation/s to be covered depending on the individual needs of the students in their class It is also important for our students to have opportunities to practise and generalise these skills.

At Aranda Primary School we embed the YCDI foundations into our daily programs and extra curricular activities. Our main focus is for students to connect these skills to their life outside of school, developing habits that will support them through life.

Teachers recognise and promote the foundations through the use of language in a variety of situations such as:

  • I can see that you are very organised as you have already begun your activity.
  • Well done for being persistent and continuing to try even when you found that activity challenging.
  • I like the way you were getting along with the other children in your group.
  • Thank you for having the confidence to say ‘hello’ to someone new.
  • It is good to see you bounce back after being so disappointed. You are showing resilience.

Students in the Junior school (K-3) meet fortnightly at Junior assemblies to distribute YCDI awards. Students are recognised for their Organisation, Persistence, Getting Along, Confidence and Resilience.

At Aranda Primary the Mid-year and End-of-year School Reports contain a Foundations for Learning page. Classroom teachers report on student development in each of the YCDI Foundations.

Teachers also include individual portfolio samples demonstrating students’ understandings and pratice of the foundations.

The YCDI foundations are also closely linked to other established programs at Aranda such as the Buddy and Leadership programs.