- January 24, 2018 at 8:22 PM #43160
What are ways (small and bigger) that you intentionally delight in your students?
- January 24, 2018 at 9:14 PM #43166
When the class or an individual “wows” me–and this year it doesn’t take much, just simply staying on task and fully participating in what we are doing will wow me some days–I like to vocally let them know that I am very pleased. They’ve done a great job at _________ . They usually can sense the successful feeling and we enjoy it together.
Lunch time can be a rather chaotic period this year. I feel like I’m constantly on patrol and some little children are only hearing negative words from me. (Sit down. Stop fussing. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Keep your hands in your space. Eat; play Rock, Paper, Scissors after you are done eating, etc.) I assign seats at our cafeteria table by the week and I decided to rotate the students who sit nearest me. I try to use this time to invest in their life, hear their stories, ask them about things they’ve been doing. If I can connect with the student as an individual it does us both good. I have a different attitude toward that student and they feel less like I’m a grouch.
- January 27, 2018 at 2:11 PM #43227
I look for ways that students have improved.
I look for instances in which students make good choices when they could have made bad choices.
I look for signs of engagement with knowledge.
- February 3, 2018 at 1:59 PM #44875
Listening to their stories/events in their lives. Acknowledging their improvements and hard work. Highlighting their talents and abilities through activities in class.
- February 3, 2018 at 9:58 PM #44917
I take note of your comment, Crista, about listening to their stories. A couple years ago I begin thinking of the importance of intentionally stopping what I am doing to look at the child in the eyes and truly concentrating as they tell me a story rather than thinking of what I was going to say next or continuing my preparations for the next project. Another aspect of this delighting in the children — I often get caught up focusing on what I give to them and neglect letting them give to me. Receiving their gifts with joy (small cards, a soda cracker at lunch time, etc) is as much of a gift to them as it is when I give them tangible things. Valuing what they have to offer me really is important. Giving goes two ways.
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