“Positive Practice" is an adverb that means, I have to apply myself consistently with the intent to improve; I have to put in the work daily with patience, because it takes time for my skill set to grow.
In the summer of 2008, the concept of Practice U originated from writing a poem in the 20th year of my 26 years of teaching at "RADIANT" John Ritter Elementary school inside the up and coming community of Watts, the undiscovered treasure of the greater Los Angeles community of 4.5 million. The poem was simply titled, "The More I Practice, Practice, Practice." Written with the goal to inspire my students with "uplifting brain food" it changed the culture and confidence of our class. One year later a music track converted the poem into a theme song that excited the teaching staff and students from Pre-K to the 5th grade. Encouraged by the message and the happy beat, we worked even harder continuously on our teaching strategies and detailed critical thinking skills, teaching our students the importance of knowing the "when, why and how to use a taught skill." Our students would in return practice the strategies and critical thinking skills from class work to homework. The end result was our test scores improved and our school did a fantastic job consistently. However the collective data from our 5th grade student's test scores were to our surprise in the process of making history. Year after year, for 5 years in a row in English Language Arts, Math and Science, their test scores steadily increased exponentially in each subject from 2008-2013. It was from that experience that I grew and recognized how "we as a people can do better.
After sharing my success with a friend in tech world, the birth of Practice U was born. With the support of friends, relatives and youth wearing the Practice U brand, I surrounded myself with a creative, positive thinking and energetic team to enhance a powerful and much needed message for a lifetime. Our focus has been since it's inception to energize the power of practice that leads to self-improvement. Over time we've learned that "positive practice" builds 3 areas in our daily lives: confidence, self-preservation and our community social norms. These thoughts gradually led to the company's 3 common beliefs.
Practice U believes that in the world of education, sports, the arts, health, nutrition and fitness, "positive practice" is universal and it builds confidence.
The more a person sacrifices their time to study, practice or rehearse, the more he or she minimizes their fear, anxiety and nervousness which is normal prior to standing before a crowd presenting their first speech, going on stage to sing, act, dance, play an instrument, a sport or speak at a job interview and much more. When a kid says, “Test me or Let me show you”, enjoy the results with praise because it's SHOWTIME! No it's FUN-TIME!!!
We believe self-preservation is a life saver.
What we feed ourselves is important. Healthy food choices such as cabbage, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, mustard greens, green beans, spinach, various fruits, wheat grains and baked or grilled meats with lots of water daily are the types of foods that prevents potential cancer developing cells, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sugar diabetes. This is how one preserves their body from having a stroke, heart attack, feeling sluggish and tired. Healthy food is medicine for the body and cheaper than paying for pills at the pharmacy. Consuming food filled with grease, salt (sodium) sugar, yeast, artificial flavors, artificial colors like the yellows, reds and other food dyes all the time from party to party and late at night, will increase fatty cells and destroy your body.
What we feed our brain is important. Smoking and drinking toxins destroys the brain cells. We call this decision self-destruction.
How we talk to one another makes a difference. Choosing patience that leads to wisdom, class and dignity not greed, foolishness and profanity is the difference maker. Many will agree profanity and insulting people is not necessary. It is usually intertwined with angry and aggressive emotions or arrogance and stubbornness. For others, it's a habit that kids to young adults interpret as acceptable.
We believe maintaining the social norms of our community is a must do, from parents to the President of the United States of America.
With each individual having a high MVP character we help to create a future that will continue through our children who will eventually become adults. Our MVP stands for Morals, Values and Principles the umbrella that covers a number of our codes of conduct in our society.