Category: Words and Tone

Thanking Obedience

Sometimes the obedient child seems to fall through the cracks because we take them for granted. Certainly, we are exceedingly thankful for them, but we might forget to recognize them because we as educators seem to spend a great amount of our time correcting negative behavior.


Try writing a thank you note to students when you see them exhibiting appropriate behaviors. This can be a simple pre-made strip of paper with a sentence template. Acknowledge to them the specific behavior and explain what a positive affect their actions had on their performance or on the classroom as a whole. You should see two things happen: 1) the students who are obedient will recognize their behavior as important, and, therefore, will continue and 2) other students will desire the same praise and will likely imitate the other student’s behavior. And … Read More »

Word Power

Words have the power either to build up or tear down those around us. I am certain we will never see the full impact our positive words have on others. However, I’m sure each of us can think back to positive things our teachers said to us which made a difference and in doing so, we can realize the lifelong effect of words. Stop and think for a moment about what really motivates a child to change their negative behavior or to continue with appropriate behavior. Usually “fussing” does not change their behavior. What typically causes them to rise to the occasion are words of affirmation. You can often times even see it on their face. They come to life when someone gives them something better for which to aspire. Speak positive words to affect change in your students today!

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Be willing to say “I’m Sorry”

All teachers can have a bad day sometimes. Teachers can sometimes grow impatient, angry, worried or frustrated which can negatively affect the example we give our students. If you blow it, say you are sorry. By nature, students are forgiving. An honest conversation could open up an avenue of change. Of course, teachers should always expect the students to treat them as an authority figure, but if an apology is in order, don’t hesitate. This humility will teach the students to admit their own mistakes.

Be sure to ask for their forgiveness. We miss the true relationship-building opportunity when we simply say “I’m sorry” and forget to follow up with “Will you forgive me?” An admission of mistake is not as effective of a relationship builder if it is not followed with the action of forgiveness. What a great life lesson … Read More »