children at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center go home throughout the
school year talking about tossing fish, choosing their attitude, and
making someone’s day. What is this all about? The FISH
philosophy, of course! FISH is an approach to classroom
management that involves students, families, and teachers in
establishing and maintaining supportive learning communities in the
classroom and throughout the school. The FISH philosophy started
with a group of fishmongers from Seattle, Washington. Despite
their less-than-desirable work, they brought amazing energy, focus, and
accountability to their jobs. The premise behind their work is
the four components of the FISH! Philosophy:
– When we interact with others, we need to really focus on that
moment. We must take responsibility for “being who we are while
we’re doing what we’re doing.”
Choose Your Attitude
– We cannot control what happens to us, be we do have a choice about
how we respond. By accepting responsibility for the attitude we
choose, we also empower ourselves to change it.
Make Their Day –
If we focus on those around us and do little things to make others feel
good, we can have a powerful, positive impact on the lives of people.
Play – If we can find joy in our work, then we will bring a light-hearted spirit to our lives.