We Have Choices: Self-Management for School Success

Everything you need to teach your class self-management.

We Have Choices is currently available only by participating in our study. Eligible teachers receive this award-winning curriculum, training, and coaching for free. If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible to participate, please fill out this form.

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Fourth-grade teachers can participate in a research study* of We Have Choices, an evidence-based, 9-week self-management skills curriculum for upper elementary school.

How can I get involved?

If you are a fourth-grade teacher without previous exposure to the We Have Choices curriculum, you may be eligible to participate. If you participate, you will receive remuneration for completing research activities. 

How does the study work?

Participating teacher need about 30 minutes a week to teach this fun-filled nine-week curriculum. They will fill out two surveys during the school year. Our researchers will conduct brief classroom observations. Teachers will be randomly assigned to implement We Have Choices immediately or assigned to a delayed training group, which will receive materials and training once study activities are completed. All teachers can keep the curriculum for future use.

Current research shows that impulse control and self-management skills have the most significant impact on academic outcomes. Like any skill, self-management can be taught. Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, we are currently conducting a research study of our We Have Choices curriculum. We Have Choices is designed to help students develop a daily self-management routine that includes:

Self-monitoring: teaches students how to be aware and teach themselves good behavior.

Self-recording: learning skills to record their behavior.

Self-evaluation: behavior evaluation based on pre-established criteria.

Self-reinforcement: learning how to reward themselves for achievement.

We Have Choices comes with a Teacher’s Guide/Lesson Plans book, a USB of the video episodes, My Daily Tracker student booklets, and eight colorful classroom posters. Students learn to apply self-management strategies to these critical classroom skills:

• Pay Attention • Focus on the Task • Ask For Help • Do Your Best Work • Get Along • Participate in Class • Manage Feelings • Follow Class Expectations

Weekly video lessons using the entertaining game show setting makes the instruction engaging for students. My Daily Tracker student booklets support self-management routines that are easily incorporated into regular classroom activities. Teaching self-management to students has big payoffs. Self-managers are ready to learn what educators have to teach.

Are you interested in participating?

If you would like more information, please fill out the form or email us at choices@ori.org.

* We Have Choices is part of a research grant funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A190478 to Oregon Research Institute with a subaward to Iris Media. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.