Practice 1 - Educators and learners model desired behaviors and attitudes such as those set forth in the Life Principles and the Eight Expectations for Living.
Practice 2 - Educators and learners speak in complete sentences and address one another by name, demonstrating mutual respect and common courtesy.
Practice 3 - Learners are taught thoroughly and to mastery, ensuring success for all - Whole group instruction is interwoven with flexible group instruction and individual instruction.
Practice 5 - Critical thinking skills are taught.
Practice 6 - The environment is non-threatening and conducive to risk-taking - Mistakes are viewed as opportunities to learn and grow.
Practice 7 - Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily - These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curricula.
Practice 8 - Enrich vocabulary is evident and is drawn directly from challenging writing and/or wisdom literature.
Practice 9 - The Magic Triad, a positive and caring environment, and discipline with dignity and logic are evident.
Practice 10 - Learner’s work is displayed in some form - Positive and timely feedback is provided through oral and/or written feedback
Practice 12 - Learners assume responsibility for their own behavior - Their choices determine consequences.
Practice 14 - All learners experience success - The educator guarantees it by comparing learners to their own past performance, not the performance of others - Learners are showcased, and past failures are disregarded.
Practice 15 - Educators teach on their feet, thus utilizing proximity - They engage learners personally, hold high expectations of learners, and should not limit learners to grade level or perceived ability.
Practice 16 - Educators and learners employ effective interpersonal communication skills.
Practice 17 - Educators and Learners celebrate the successes of others.