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Several years ago, I found myself in a rut with a difficult class. It seemed I was overly focused on the negative and rarely gave enough praise for the positive. I needed a way to change the climate of the classroom and involve the kids while doing so.
I created this short form that is easy to complete. When students notice something positive happening in the room, they pick up a form near the “We Have Positive News Board” and write a report. Once finished, they post it to the board for others to see. At the end of the day, or week, students share their reports with others. (Included in the download is a link to the blog post I wrote detailing exactly how I used this resource in my classroom.)
This is a quick and simple way to redirect attention from what’s negative to what is positive in your room. Students love having their good deeds noticed and soon you will see your board overflowing with praise!
*Recently revised to include age appropriate forms for older students.
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During one especially difficult year, I began using a student-teacher journal with one of my students. She had difficulty expressing herself verbally without losing control, but I discovered that she was able to communicate through writing. We began writing notes to each other – she when she needed a time out and me in response to her or when I knew she needed some encouragement. The journal writing broke down barriers between us and helped to establish a trusting relationship.
Use this Encouragement Journal however you need to with your students. Use it only with students who need it, as I described above, or as a way to communicate with your entire class throughout the year. Have students write about what’s bothering them or simply have them write a letter to wrap up their week. The possibilities are endless!
Leaving encouraging notes for students is one of the best ways to build a positive classroom environment. Let students know you notice when they make great choices with these motivational notes. 24 original notes are included - with two versions of each (one version contains clip art and the other has no graphics). Some notes encourage kindness, while others reinforce a growth mindset. You choose which notes work best for your students. And if none work for you, use the included editable Google Doc to make your own.
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