Positive Attention

Positive Attention

  • The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Positive Classroom

    The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Positive Classroom

    Now that a new year has rolled around once again, it’s the perfect time of year to think about making resolutions in your classroom. Here is my list of the top ten habits to develop so that your classroom runs smoothly, there are fewer problem behaviors, the children learn more, and you find more joy in teaching:

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  • Turn Around Problem Behavior with Better Teacher Comments

    Turn Around Problem Behavior with Better Teacher Comments

    Addressing problem behaviors starts by creating a positive learning environment that prevents misbehaviors. This involves being aware of the type of comments we use to help children behave in appropriate ways. Read More

  • Are you Meeting the Love and Belongingness Needs of Students?

    Are you Meeting the Love and Belongingness Needs of Students?

    “Ignore him–he just wants attention!” How many times have you heard a teacher say something like this? Attention-seeking behavior has a bad reputation in our schools, and it can often lead to difficult classroom management challenges. Read More

  • Positive Comments Create a Positive Learning Environment

    Positive Comments Create a Positive Learning Environment

         I was thrilled this week to visit one of my student teachers who is working in a preschool program in a large urban public school. She has now created a wonderfully positive learning environment! Initially, she was struggling to keep the children’s attention during circle time. Read More

  • The “Lazy” Boy

    The “Lazy” Boy

    I’ve invited my college students to share their stories of success in using positive classroom strategies as guest authors. In this post, Marili Hernandez tells us how she has used positive feedback in her Internship classroom to turn around the attitude of a “lazy boy”. Read More

  • WOW! My Visit to North Star Charter School

    WOW! My Visit to North Star Charter School

           I just recently started supervising a student teacher at North Start Charter School in Newark NJ. What an amazing experience. I had read a great deal about Uncommon Schools who runs the charter school and their effective teaching and classroom management techniques so I was excited to observe a classroom. Read More

  • “Junk Food” Praise

    “Junk Food” Praise

         Giving children positive attention is extremely important and there are some tricks to making your comments more effective.  As teachers, we are busy and we have many children to pay attention to so it’s easy to slip into praising children with simple phrases like “good job,” “well done” or “I like your picture”. Read More

  • Teaching Children to Get Positive Attention

    Teaching Children to Get Positive Attention

    What’s the difference between the children who are a joy to have in class and the children who push our buttons and challenge our last bit of patience? One important difference is that some children have learned how to get adults’ attention in positive ways and others haven’t. Read More