sábado, 20 de abril de 2013

Positive feedback and self-steem

Last year when we started preparing the planning of the first weeks Patsy and I went to the library to look for Teaching Kids to Care & Cooperate by Scholastic to look for some activities related to values and Patsy found a beautiful idea: having a book called "Appreciation Copybook" to assess good attitudes and values. She immediately prepared a copybook to circulate among the homes. The results were very fruitful: both parents and kids loved reading all the positive feedback. I always forgot to do it and then I thought I should have done it since the beginning and the year went by without the "Appreciation Copybook". Now when I see the positive impact it’s having this year with my new group I regret not having done it last year because I could have changed many attitudes and behavior of some particular cases.
With Patsy we believe that this activity it’s even more effective for children that are not so good in the academic aspect since you’re highlighting issues not related to the subject and it will help him/her to feel more confident and improve.

3 comentarios:

  1. The idea of having an "Appreciation copy-book" has been shared by both of us, like other strategies that we really believe help children behave better and raise self- esteem. In Education, as in life, it´s never late to start with ideas and techniques, to restart and try again!

  2. Girls, I love your ideas related to attitudinal aspects in the classroom! I'm always borrowing them. Annie, don't feel sad about it. I will make an effort to take the "Appreciation copybook" and do it for you.
    I will need some training from you on this!

  3. Ani, I agree on the fact that we need time to incorporate ideas first and then we try. I think now is the right moment for you! Your copybook is really cute and I have read some of the relevant comments you have made. I would have loved to have one of those when I was a student. You know that Patsy is a specialist on these issues and I think you are profiting a lot from working by her. Both of you have developed a very interesting eye as regards raising sel-steem.