Student Contributor: C. Sanchez
Teachers write their students notes of encouragement throughout the year. This serves to encourage students and reinforce positive behavior.
Teachers write their students encouraging notes throughout the year. These notes should be specific and should highlight specific positive behavior noticed by the teacher. This tool can be used at any time of the year as part of the preventive phase. Teachers should strive to recognize all their students, not just the A+ students. This method is beneficial because it affirms a student’s behavior and helps them realize that a teacher is their biggest supporter. Students should not see teachers as authoritarians but as encouragers and facilitators of learning. Therefore, writing a positive note of encouragement to their students is beneficial in the preventative phase.
This tool is part of the preventative phase because it helps to encourage positive behavior. Teachers will benefit from writing encouraging notes to students before behavioral problems arise. This is because teachers are reinforcing specific positive behaviors. These notes help students to pinpoint how they are succeeding as students. Ultimately, this tool is under the preventative phase because it addresses and encourages positive behavior rather than treating a misbehavior with a consequence.
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Tool Source: Todd Finley