Saturday, August 15, 2015

Positive Comments-Can you give THREE-FIVE minutes a week?


Start the year off on a positive note! Let's make a commitment together to make a positive impact on our class!


Positively Positive!!!
 Make a commitment to make ONE positive phone call, text, or note a week. ONE? That's so doable. As a matter of fact, once you start making these phone calls and hearing their responses, you might get CRAZY and make a few calls! :) First of all, think of how you'll feel making this call-there's NO parent that will be upset or argue about hearing something wonderful about their child! (This is your opportunity to win over any difficult parents). You will build rapport with the parents, your students will want to work even harder, and your heart will be filled from noticing the good in every student.
 
It can be something big or small, something extra the student did during the day, something another student pointed out to you, etc.:
  • participated more
  • took on a leadership role
  • was a peacemaker
  • used good manners
  • stayed focused
  • helped you or a classmate
  • cleaned up without being asked
  • showed initiative
  • shared materials
  • completed homework
  • finished a book
This is not a phone call to make any suggestions of improvement or negative comments after your positive comment. Even if the parent asks a question that could lead to negative talk, you need to change the subject or end the conversation on the positive note you started on. You can make that phone call another time, this time is for positivity ONLY.

Have your notes ready to keep it brief and to the point-stay focused on why you made this contact. I created this student log to keep us on track. List all your students, then fill in the reason for making the positive phone call, and date you made the call. This list will also help you make sure everyone gets a phone call or note at some time.
 


I'm not saying go "in order", or that one student may not have three positive forms of communication before one of your more challenging students gets one. We don't want it to be "staged", we want it to be genuine, but we want all students to receive or feel this positive praise, so we don't want to leave anyone out!

Share their strengths and what they add to your classroom.

What will sadden you is when you make the phone call to the parent who says, "No one has every called to tell me something good about my child." These are the kids who need these calls the MOST!

Imagine what this phone call would do for a parent! You recognized the great in their son or daughter! They know about that greatness, but someone else recognized it, which makes it even more special!

I know how many hours we work already, but I also know that a phone call can take three minutes. ALL OF US can give three-five minutes! Imagine if every teacher allocated 15 minutes a week (one a day) to calling parents with good news, the impact could be tremendous! I know our teacher to do lists are long and positive comments may not be at the top, but just try it! I promise it will have such great effects on your classroom! Try calling a few students' parents and see what happens. The ripple effects for the student, parents, and you will be transformational.

Make sure you thank the parent for their support and encouragement for their child to continue this great behavior!

I'm including a calendar to ensure commitment on your part. I feel like if I put something in writing, I'm more likely to complete it. (Tell me I'm not alone!)
 
 
Do you know how proud or excited you'll feel after you look at your list of positives in a couple of months? It's a win-win!
I've also made some cute notecards, just in case phone calls are not possible some weeks. Print on bright paper and you will brighten your student's day!
 

Let’s be positive together!
Let's make an agreement/contract! You know how we are, if we put it in writing, we are more likely to do it! So, if you will be a "Positive Pusher", write I  WILL in the comments with your email (if you're not a blogger) and I'll send you the forms! Together we are better!


I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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56 comments:

  1. Love your idea! I'm taking the leap out of the classroom and will be a dyslexia therapist this year. My kiddos need all the encouragement they can get when it comes to reading. I will be a positive pusher this year.
    Angiewood4987@gmail.com

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    1. Yay Angie! I'm so excited you're joining me! :)

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  2. Joanne,
    What an awesome challenge! I accept😊. I don't bog, tweet, or have FB but I'm know so many awesome teachers out there who go above and beyond everyday! This is such an easy thing to do and pays off big time! Thank you for putting it out there!!! ntgillen@gmail.com

    Have a memorable year!
    Becky

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    1. I couldn't agree more Becky! It's easy, free, and will has huge positive effects! Thanks for stopping by! :)
      ~Joanne

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  3. Being more positive is a goal of mine this year so I will totally be doing this! I'm revamping my behavior system and everything. Can't wait :)
    aconnolly1216@gmail.com

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    1. Hooray! We're all in this together to keep each other accountable! :)

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  4. Loved reading your post, my friend! This has been something I've done consistently for the past 3 years and it has made A WORLD of difference in my classroom. My students can earn a spot on the "Good E-mail" board where I send a quick positive note home that evening. Oftentimes the parents would rave about the e-mails, read them at the dinner table, print them out and post them on the fridge! :) It was such a rewarding experience for the kiddos and helped them get positive attention from both me and their parents.

    ~Jessica
    Joy in the Journey

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    1. Yes Jessica!! It makes a HUGE difference! I've done this for years, but I always start strong and by mid-year I notice I've tapered off quite a bit. I created the schedule/calendar to keep me on track. I love the idea of a Good E-mail Board! Thanks for sharing!
      ~Joanne

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    1. So excited to spread positivity together! :)

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  6. THIS is why you are a marigold. <3 You deserve ALL the sparkles!!!! :)
    xoxo
    jivey
    ideas by jivey 

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  7. I love this! Every year I have good intentions for making positive phone calls, etc., but never follow through because of my "have-to-do list." THIS year will be different! I have a plan and I will have your forms. I WILL do this. Thank you! brocco@mac.com

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  8. I love this. I always TRY to do this at the beginning of the school year. I love the form to keep track of the phone calls made. You are so right about some kids really needing that positive reinforcement.
    Sarah
    MissKinBK

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  9. I will! What a great reminder! Thank you!
    thme0501@gmail.com

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    1. Yay Melissa! I need the reminder too! :)

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  10. Great idea! I WILL!!!!
    Thanks so much.
    Ursula
    ugamler@boyertownasd.org

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    1. I love your conviction with all caps!!! :) We're doing it!

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  11. Thanks for the notecards and record keeping sheet! I always plan to do this and struggle with keeping it going throughout the whole year! I need to make it a priority this year!! Thanks for the reminder!!

    Melissa
    Wild About Fifth

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    1. Me too! That's why I created the calendar, easy to lose focus mid-year. We will be positive all year! :)

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  12. I will do it! Thanks--this is a great resource!

    Stephanie
    okarche2@yahoo.com

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  13. Love this idea. I will. Batemankristy264@gmail.com

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    1. So excited to spread positivity together!

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  14. This is a great idea--and I agree, the calendar will definitely make me more "accountable"! erocks720@aol.com

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    1. Me too! I have to put it in writing to keep me on track! :)

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    1. We're forming a Positive Pusher club!!! :)

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  16. I will! What a wonderful idea!
    susanwatson12@gmail.com

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    1. So glad you like it and want to try! :)

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  17. I will! I'm back in the classroom, and in a new district. I'm sure that this would be a useful tool to help me form relationships with my new students and parents that I have not met yet!
    andreasnow76@gmail.com
    I love the calendar, too!

    Andrea

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  18. This is such a great tool to be consistently positive with students and parents! I love it! It will help me in forming more positive relationships in my classroom this year. Super excited to try this out. Thank you for sharing!!
    Alisa
    al.castagna@gmail.com

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  19. I will!
    slpshipley@gmail.com

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  20. I WILL definitely do this! Thanks so much for the great idea and the tools to manage it throughout the year. jolyndac@gmail.com

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  21. I love this and will try to do it his more than once a week! I do not blog...
    cindermom3@aol.com

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  22. I LOVE this! I WILL!! I have been thinking on this and figuring a way to do it - thank you for the information and ideas! I don't blog- just love teaching!! jimandlaur@sbcglobal.net

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  23. I need to do this! Especially since I will have most of the kids I had last year and we got off to a rough start :) sharronannd@yahoo.com

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  24. I love that I found this! I was just thinking today that I wanted to do something similar by sending 1 or 2 notes in the mail a week to the parents of students who did something great. This is the perfect organization tool. I will!!!!!

    bodmannlovesmath@gmail.com

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  25. I will!!! I love this. I always have such great intentions. Your lists will keep me focused. It's so easy. I won't be emailing as our union doesn't support it, but a phone call and note card is so easy. What is the calendar part for? It's too small to see on my very old cell phone. Lisa.goldberg@yrdsb.ca

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  26. I will! I need to get better at acknowledging all of the positive and good things students do. Thank you!
    thesavvyapple3@gmail.com

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  28. I will! This will help me start my teaching career off on the right foot! I know the importance of communicating with parents about everything and not just about negative stuff! Our kids need to know we believe in them and we see the good in them.
    travisandstacie@yahoo.com

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  29. This is a great idea and perfect timing as I'm trying to implement more positivity into my daily life!! Thanks so much! sandybeach1267@yahoo.com

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  30. This is a great idea and perfect timing as I'm trying to implement more positivity into my daily life!! Thanks so much! sandybeach1267@yahoo.com

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  31. I will !!! baldwinc@duvalschools.org

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  32. I WIll! I love the ideas and resources! I appreciate all your hard work.
    summercox2911@gmail.com

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  33. I am trying to put this into practice this year! I just moved schools (and countries!) and I have more open communication with parents. I have one student who had a rough year this year so I have been making an extra effort to reach out to his mom when he has a great day. I need to be better about reaching out to other parents as well though!
    melissa.hoopingarner@faith.edu.ph

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  34. I LOVE this! I will use this for sure! thegtpugs@gmail.com

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  36. Am I too late? I will!! I love this and am going back to the classroom after several years off. I have just found your blog and am so inspired! Thank you so much! lynnparker93@gmail.com

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