Make encouragement an implicit part of your daily speech.
What is encouragement?
It is noticing when something goes right. When you recognize a student’s positive behavior, you encourage it. The more you encourage it, the more you will see it. This process is simple, fun to do, and very positive!
Be specific. No more platitudes like “Good girl” and “Good job.” Your student wants to hear you tell it like it is and know all the details. “You stood straight up” and “Great colors in your painting!” are much more like it.
December is our last month of the year, and that makes it a great time to start. Now you have one more wonderful way to “ring in” the New Year.
Accentuating the positives minimizes the negatives, and that is one sure way to get January 2015 off to a great start!
Encouragement is at “the heart” of any smooth-running classroom.
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~ Dr. Sally