You will look ridiculous for a while. Your coworkers may look at you like you’re crazy. But what you do when you clearly narrate and reinforce the positive is teach your students to recognize success in themselves.
I’ve had people tell me that I trivialize bad behavior. How can I just let go and not address negative actions? Don’t they need to be held accountable for their choices? Doesn’t every instance of undesirable activity need to be addressed? Maybe.
Okay, all my administrators out there, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Your teachers are just like your kids.
We tend to be very reactive in conversations with our students. We can completely reform a negative conversation if we are more intentional when we speak. How do you communicate?