American Academy Manners
If the American Academy Character is the "heart" of our character program, the American Academy Manners are the "hands." These ten easy and respectful deeds and words put our American Academy Character into action by giving students real tools to use in their interactions with other students and adults. We teach good manners in the classroom and have plenty of opportunity throughout the school day to remind and consistently model the kind of manners we want to see from our students.
Because good manners are visible and easy to catch, we also praise and recognize students when we see them demonstrating good manners at school, and we encourage our parents to do the same. The American Academy character recognition program also includes American Academy Manners, so we can publicly encourage and praise students for their actions.
- Make eye contact when communicating.
- Listen without interrupting.
- Wait your turn.
- Greet people in a friendly manner.
- Say “please” and “thank you.”
- Use “ma’am” and “sir” when responding.
- Take a break when you are angry.
- Use "bun-burger-bun" to communicate.
- Hold the door for others.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
Download and print a copy of our American Academy Manners posters: