Paying Compliments

06 October 2013
               "Never forget that every child is someone's whole world."

       When is this advice worth remembering?

      On that day when little Zigfried has asked for his fifth bandaid in one period (with nary a blood droplet in sight), or young Esmerelda has just used a pen on a Scantron (for the third time), or Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball has mysteriously blasted from Winifred's "pocket," during a teachable moment.

      It's not always easy to be positive. Sometimes kids wear away at your patience like sandpaper on silk. But it is essential to find the good in each and every one. And it's important to let parents know that you recognize and appreciate the good in each child, despite their quirks. So this year I'm going to display this sign during parent-teacher conferences. I'll use the envelopes to send home one positive note per student during the school year.

     Every child is someone's whole world. When is this advice not worth remembering?

               Do you have any creative ways of showing appreciation for your students?


  1. For those times when the negative behaviors from the usual suspects threatens to make me want to call in a sub for the 2nd half of the day, I stop, refocus on those awesome kids who are always patiently waiting for the chaos to subside and I thank them, out loud, for raising their hand, for following directions, for being a good friend to..., for demonstrating on-task behavior, for picking up that mess on the floor-even though I knew s/he didn't make it, and most of all for (silently) "talking" me off the ledge! It seems to turn the entire mood of the class around and, suddenly, everyone is with the program. =)
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  2. What a nice idea. I have written postcards for students, and I just address them. I have also thought of having the office print address labels for me to simplify the process a bit. I also sent thank you cards from the website A few students donated books to my classroom library, and I took pictures of the books, uploaded them to the website, and mailed them to the student's home.