We Have Choices: Self-Management for School Success

Opportunity for Fourth Grade Teachers

Fourth-grade teachers who have not previously used We Have Choices are eligible to participate in a program evaluation of this 9-week self-management skills curriculum.

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
  • Manage Feelings
  • Follow Class Expectations

Program Evaluation Overview

We are currently cunducting a research study of the We Have Choices curriculum in fourth-grade classrooms. Teachers will either implement the We Have Choices for about 45 minutes each week for nine weeks during the school year, or wait to receive the curriculum at the end of the school year.

Program Evaluation Benefits

With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, all teachers will be paid for their time to complete two surveys during the school year and to allow researchers to conduct two brief classroom observations of students during the school year. All teachers can also keep the curriculum for use with future students.

Student Self-Management Improves Teacher Efficacy.

Like any skill, self-management can be taught. We Have Choices is designed to help students develop a daily self-management routine.

Self-monitoringStudents learn to recognize their use of behavioral skills.

Self-recordingStudents learn to record their behavior througout the day.

Self-evaluationStudents rate their use of skills and look for patterns.

Self-reflectionStudents learn to connect their use of skills to their classroom behavior.

"Do you see a connection between your Morning Inventories and how easy or hard it is to pay attention during the day?"

"What makes getting along difficult? Are there things you could do that would make getting along easier?"

We Have Choices comes with tools and resources to assist instructors

  • A Teacher's Guide with Lesson Plans
  • Engaging videos that teach the skills
  • My Daily Tracker student booklets
  • Eight colorful classroom posters

Weekly video lessons present an entertaining game show that demonstrates skills and engages students. My Daily Tracker student booklets support self-management routines that are easily incorporated into regular classroom activities.

My Daily Tracker

Teachers report that students love the tracker. "They actually ask to use it!"

Learning Loss is real - We Have Choices can Help

84% of educators agreed or strongly agreed that COVID-19 negatively affected student behavior.

Students’ preparedness for school and limited social and behavioral skills are one of the largest challenges in the classroom. Limited time in school during the pandemic has left many 4th grade students with classroom skill deficits.

The We Have Choices curriculum is beneficial to teachers and students alike. The We Have Choices curriculum explicitly teaches 8 social skills and helps students monitor, evaluate, and improve their use of skills. As students learn to manage their own behavior, teachers feel an improved sense of efficacy for classroom management. Self-managers are ready to learn what educators have to teach.

Teaching self-management to students has BIG payoffs!

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.