You Can Do It


At Brentwood Park the You Can Do It! Program is implemented across the school. Below explains the Four Foundations and keys to academic success and social/emotional well-being!

The You Can Do It Program optimizes the social, emotional, and academic outcomes of all young people. Its unique contribution is in identifying the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience wellbeing, and have positive relationships including making contributions to others and the community (good citizenship).  The four foundations include:

  • Getting Along
  • Confidence
  • Organisation
  • Persistence

* Organisation which means……..  setting a goal to do my best in my schoolwork, planning my time so that I’m not rushed, and having all my supplies ready.

Examples of Organised Behaviour:

  • making sure I understand my teacher’s instructions before I begin work
  • having all my school supplies ready
  • having a neat desk and school bag so I can find everything
  • planning when I’m going to do my homework so I have enough time

Habits of the Mind to Help Me Be Organised:

  • Setting Goals means thinking that setting a goal can help me be more successful at something
  • Planning My Time means thinking about how long schoolwork is going to take me to get done and planning enough time to get it done.

 * Confidence which means…… feeling I can do it. Confidence means not being afraid to make mistakes or to try something new.

Examples of Being Confident:


  • raising my hand to answer a hard question
  • doing hard work without asking for help
  • sharing a new idea with my teacher and class
  • saying hello and talking to someone new


 Habits of the Mind to Help My Confidence:


  • Accepting Myself means not thinking badly about myself when I make a mistake
  • Taking Risks means thinking that it’s good to try something new even though I might not be able to do it
  • Being Independent means thinking that it’s important for me to try new activities

* Getting Along means…… working well with my classmates, solving problems with classmates without getting angry, and following the rules.


Examples of Getting Along:


  • working well with my classmates
  • listening and not interrupting when someone else is speaking
  • talking rather than fighting when someone treats me unfairly
  • not breaking important classroom rules


Habits of the Mind to Help Me Get Along:·

  • Being Tolerant of Others
  • Being Tolerant of Others means not thinking that when someone is mean to me that he or she is a totally bad person.
  • Playing by the Rules means thinking that by following school rules, school will be a better place to live and learn.
  • Thinking First means thinking that when someone treats me badly, I need to think about the best way to act.

*Persistence means…… trying hard and not giving up when something feels like it’s too hard to do.

Examples of Be Persistent Behaviour:


  • continuing to try even when schoolwork is hard
  • not being distracted by others
  • checking my work when I am finished to make sure it is correct
  • completing assignments on time


Habits of the Mind to Help You Be Persistent:


  • I Can Do It means not thinking that even when my work is hard, I can still do it.
  • Giving Effort means thinking that the harder I try, the better my success will be.
  • Working Tough means thinking that to be successful, I sometimes have to do things that are not easy or fun.