A Tale of Two Affirmations « Teach Like a Champion

I just realized something small but possibly important about narrating positive behavior in the classroom.

Let’s say I’m standing at the front of my classroom as students enter and i want to acknowledge a student, Afonte, who’s met my expectations: come in, got out his stuff, got to work right away on the Do Now–just right.  It’s a classic case of a place where I might want to acknowledge (not praise) in a manner that is both genuine (i.e. I am sincere and honest in what I saw to Afonte) and that has the ancillary effect of causing other students to see the normalcy of behavior like Afonte’s more than behavior that’s not as productive.

via A Tale of Two Affirmations « Teach Like a Champion

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