Berner Learners is a new education initiative underway at Berner. Students will be recognized for exemplifying strong character attributes and academic effort. Working together with the Character Education Club, while also recalling the sixteen Habits of Mind by Costa and Kallick, the Berner houses will be selecting five students each month that demonstrate one of the five core attributes of Achievement, Character, Attitude, Effort and Improvement. One student per attribute will be selected each month by the house teachers.
Throughout the month, house teachers will be observing and evaluating their students. At the end of each month, house teachers will collectively chose the students who best model one of the above attributes. The five students selected each month for each house are identified as Berner Learners of the Month and their pictures will be displayed on the Berner Learner bulletin board near the Dean’s office.
The five monthly Berner Learner attributes are:
- Achievement-The student with the highest average for the month or the student who is performing well in all of the core subjects. It could also be a student who received a score of 100 on more than one core subject test
- Character-A student who commits acts of random kindness, someone who is friendly, responsible, helpful, and /or honest.
- Attitude-A student who is pleasant and respectful to teachers and/or students, a student who accepts suggestions and is motivational to other students.
- Effort-A student, who attends extra help frequently, asks good questions, strives for excellence but may not always achieve it.
- Improvement-A student who has an academic/character and/or attitude reformation. This reversal should be a visible improvement in a certain area or class.