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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Holiday Lights Task Cards
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Back to School Getting to Know You and Read Aloud Activity Pack
10 Activities to build classroom community while getting to know your students, reviewing important skills, and collecting initial writing samples.
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