Family Handbook

RULER Anchor Tools

RULER Anchor Tools


The Classroom Charter is an agreement about how students want to feel as part of the classroom. The Classroom Charter names specific behaviors likely to evoke and support those feelings, and includes constructive ways of handling conflict. It is a powerful tool to encourage personal and social responsibility to work together towards creating the kind of emotional climate that everyone wants. The Classroom Charter is creatively displayed, signed by everyone in the room, and revisited often over time.

Mood Meter

The Mood Meter is a tool to build emotional awareness and understanding. All students and staff can get involved by agreeing to check in with themselves and each other on the Mood Meter.
First, you ‘plot’ your feelings in one of the quadrants, then think about the specific name of that feeling. Next you can reflect on what caused you to feel that way and consider the consequences of that feeling. You can choose a strategy to maintain your mood or to shift it. And you can share your feeling, understanding and strategies. It's made up of four different quadrants.
graphic of the mood meter

• Blue like sad or lonely
•Red like anger or fear 
•Yellow like joy or excitement 
•Green like included and calm



graphic of 6 step meta moment

The Meta Moment is a tool for prolonging the space in time between when you feel triggered by something or someone and when you respond to that trigger. This 6-step ‘mindful’ process, in addition to slowing us down for the moment, helps each of us to build character by invoking an image of our Best Self. By identifying what “triggers” us, and what we are like when we are our Best Selves, we can be proactive about developing thought and action strategies that align with our values and meet our larger goals.




The Blueprint is a tool for helping to develop empathy and perspective. Using questions anchored in the skills of emotional intelligence, the Blueprint encourages both children to consider one another’s thoughts and feelings when resolving conflicts or differences, and to identify constructive solutions. Used effectively, the Blueprint builds compassion and trusting relationships and engenders optimism in the challenging moments of everyday family life.

Loyal Heights has 3 Blueprint reflection sheets, based grade level of student.