Ch. 1 – The Birth of the Good News Chair, excerpt:
This led us to begin using the Good News Chair more intentionally. Charlie is a terrific example of this. Charlie’s mother drove him to and from school. Because the office was right inside the front door, we noticed that Charlie was late to school most mornings. He would come into the office, sheepishly report his tardiness, and scoot down to class. His teacher reported that Charlie was missing the announcements and instructions she gave to start the day. Charlie reported that his mother was always “running late.” His mother reported that Charlie was “slow as molasses” in the morning. Could morning visits to the Good News Chair help change this pattern? I explained to both Charlie and his mom how Charlie’s tardiness was affecting his school day and suggested that if they arrived on time they might both stop by for a short visit on the Chair. It worked! The next morning Charlie and his mom showed up, came in the office and reported that they had “run early and fast.” In the future they rarely were tardy and Charlie’s school days got off to a good start.
Ch. 2 – How did the Good News Chair Work in the Schools, excerpt:
Now and then, a visit to the chair was followed by a good laugh. This happened once right before Christmas. One of Withrow’s preschool teachers was leading her class to the library. Jerry, age four, noticed the red fire alarm mounted on the hallway wall. He stopped, studied it for some time, and announced to his class that he knew exactly what it was. With conviction, he told his teacher that it was Santa’s camera. His classmates nodded in agreement and off they went to the library. Jerry’s teacher knew this was a “good one,” one I would want to put in my Good News journal. When she had a minute, she brought Jerry to the office. We all gathered around to listen. When they left we doubled up in laughter and ended up telling the story over and over again. Jerry’s teacher claimed that her class straightened up and quieted down every time they passed by “Santa’s camera.”
Ch. 3 – Views from the Chair, excerpt:
Six-year-old redheaded Alexandria was the oldest in a family that seemed every couple of years to grow in size. Alexandria kept the school office up to date on these pregnancies and the newest baby in her home. One day she couldn’t wait to tell her principal, “Last night I saw the baby move in Mom’s stomach.” Joy was wrapped around these announcements. At the same time, they served as a reminder that this oldest and most responsible little girl might welcome a little extra attention from time to time.