Our students make efforts all day long at school in so many ways: listening, following directions, focusing on their work.
I try to look for the many things they do throughout the day and commend them for their efforts. My favorite phrase is, “You are a super star student when you__________!”
It lets the student know I noticed and specifically identifies what they did that I liked. I usually get a smile in response, and more of the same behavior they were commended for.