Positive attitude was an overarching theme at our Town Hall meetings with students and staff on the first day of school, and I have included positivity, happiness and gratitude as themes in past posts to be sure. The three below come to mind…
- May We Find a Way “to Laugh Often and Much” #BCSLearns
- Want to Make Happiness your 2016 Resolution? Be Grateful! #BCSLearns
- Relentless Gratitude – “Happiness Revealed” #BCSLearns
A recent article I came across called 7 Tips to Encourage a Positive Attitude in Students leads with a famous quote by Norman Vincent Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Positivity matters! Tips included below and detailed in the article are great reminders for teachers AND parents (except for #7 I have to disagree with).
- Be an example. Model a positive, encouraging attitude in all that you say, do, and believe.
- Create a positive learning space for your student(s).
- Help your student(s) visualize a positive outcome from every scenario before starting.
- Eliminate negative verbiage from your student’s dialogue.
- Help your student(s) change negative thinking patterns.
- Play the role of your student’s biggest fan.
- Incorporate a rewards system to encourage positivity at all times.
Now, regarding #7, I’m not a big fan of rewards and extrinsic motivators as a way to encourage positivity or self-discipline. Check out a post from last year, Students Are Totally Motivated, Indeed! #BCSLearns, where I share some resources about building intrinsic motivation – rewards are not part of it. How about rephrasing #7 to “Build instrinsic motivation through authentic feedback to your student(s) helping them see the power their positive attitude has on their lives.”?
And finally, check out these two, very short, videos of Alfie Kohn on rewards and the other regarding punishment – both linked to intrinsic motivation and are thought-provoking. You may even find yourself chuckling!