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!
by Allyson Willis