3 Step Plan
1st Invite the student to describe what they feel is working as you begin a new time period. A focus on what works keeps kids on the right track.
2nd Validate or paraphrase the student’s description of what they feel is working back to the student.
3rdHelp the child see that what they did makes our classroom a positive place to learn. “You” statements help the child internalize that they made the difference. “You know what to do when it comes to sharing with others.” “I saw you invite Maria into the game when others ignored her. That was really thoughtful and kind!” The more specific the more likely the chance you have of the child repeating the behavior. If you’re not familiar with the “Responsibility Club Cards” or the W.B.R. program in my book Discipline Strategies and Solutions you may want to familiarize yourself with these programs for reinforcing responsible behavior in the classroom.
– Gene Bedley