Did you notice all of your students today?
There is tremendous power in noticing. When you strive to notice kids several times each day on a consistent basis, it will help you foster connections in your classroom and reinforce each student’s value.
There are many ways to notice children. Here are some examples.
- Greet students by name when they enter your classroom.
- Say good-bye, using students’ names, when they leave your classroom.
- Acknowledge students when you observe kind gestures.
- Use non-verbal noticing such as waving or nodding your head.
- Praise students when you recognize that they are taking risks such as trying a difficult math problem or solving a problem.
- Thank students for asking or answering questions.
- Compliment students when they are helpful.
- Tell students you are happy to see them after weekends or holiday breaks from school.
The goal for child-caring adults, educators and caregiver is to display a ratio of 5:1 positive interactions between themselves and children of all ages.