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The “Xcite Way” Philosophy

Club Xcite developed and utilizes the “Xcite Way” teaching philosophy, an educational skill building model using a positive reinforcement approach to achieve the highest results with our students.

Children and teens are assessed on their skills based on self-report, parent survey’s, IEP’s, past evaluations, Club Xcite’s intake questionnaire and any other testing they may have received. The more information we receive – the more efficient we can personalize each child or teen’s program. When students do not know how to identify emotions, handle disappointment and anger, remember to hand in assignments, or develop relationships with peers, our response is to teach!

Our Skill Building model is based on the three stages of learning:

1. Introducing the skill
2. Practicing the skill
3. Maintaining the skill

Our Positive Reinforcement approach is based on the following principles:

1. Make Learning Relevant

Students are more engaged in learning and retain knowledge better when they see that it is relevant and vital to their own success and happiness. By discovering students’ talents, learning styles, and interests, mentors will adjust teaching methods and strategies. By giving students a say in how they learn, mentors increase students’ sense of ownership in the education process.

2. Teach Positive Strategies

Tutors and Mentors will teach students positive behaviors in a thorough, consistent, systematic way; we cannot assume that students just know them. The goal of doing positive actions is to feel good about yourself.

  • Positive strategies for a healthy body (nutrition, exercise, and sleep).
  • Positive strategies for intellect (thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills).
  • Positive strategies for self-management (managing time, energy, emotions, and other personal resources).
  • Positive strategies for getting along with others (relationships, treating others fairly, kindly, and respectfully).
  • Positive strategies for being honest with yourself and others (taking responsibility, admitting mistakes, and not blaming others).
  • Positive strategies for continuous self improvement (setting and achieving goals).

3. Instill Intrinsic Motivation
Students should feel good about themselves; especially when they are working twice as hard as others. Tutors and Mentors help students understand that people are likely to feel good about them when they engage in positive actions. With practice, students learn that if they have a negative thought, they can change it to a positive one that will lead to a positive action and a positive feeling about themselves—a powerful intrinsic motivator. With repeated reinforcement by the mentor, this simple explanation helps students understand and improve their behavior in any situation.

4. Reinforce Positive Behaviors
Tutors and Mentors can strengthen intrinsic motivation by recognizing and positively reinforcing positive actions when they see them. Recognition activities and items—such as community outings, stickers, certificates, and verbal praise—can be very effective. But when mentors use this strategy, it’s important that they recognize the positive behavior, ask how it made the student feel, and tell the student the extrinsic reward is a reminder of that good feeling. When students make the connection between their performance and feeling good about themselves, intrinsic motivation is enhanced and positive behaviors continue.

5. Engage Positive Role Models
Tutors and Mentors are a consistent, reliable, positive role model in each student’ life. Mentors will influence the student’s social and academic lives by showing up and taking an interest in each child’s wellbeing. Teachers and parents may integrate mentors into classroom and school activities and personal family events to strengthen the mentoring relationship.

6. Always Be Positive
Perhaps the most important strategy, yet often the most difficult to carry out, is to be positive—from one on one sessions to group settings in the classroom. There is always a positive way to respond to a situation. Mentors will remain the “number one fan” for their students. They will provide a safe and nurturing place for student’s to face challenges, grow, and succeed. A positive attitude is the catalyst for change that will create positive outcomes that produce happy and successful students.

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