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What does Positive Framing look like?

Feb 24, 2013 11:16am

I have been working with quite a few residents on improving their Positive Framing and having more balance between individual corrections/consequences and positive narration. Any tips, ideas, inspiration?

  • Other
  • Pre K-12
  • Class Culture / Engagement


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    • Feb 26, 2013 8:46am

      Doug Lemov, who wrote "Teach Like A Champion" talks about 6 rules to follow:

      1. Live in the now. Focus on what a child can fix right now to move forward.
      2. Assume the best. Remain positive while speaking to a child unless you know an action they took was done intentionally.
      3. Allow plausible anonymity. Correct students without saying their names.
      4. Build momentum and narrate the positive. Narrate the strengths of what children in your class are doing. If you need to follow up with a student who needs a consequence, do it in private.
      5. Challenge. Challenge students to do even better than they are. Kids love a challenge, whether it is against themselves, another group or another class.
      6. Talk expectations and aspirations. Frame your positive comments to tell students how well they are doing and that their goal for doing it is not just to please you but become responsible adults.

      • Mar 11, 2013 9:37pm

        These are great rules to follow and more importantly they work. I have followed these principles in my practice. The result was very positive. It allows the teacher to reinforce behavior expectations, systems and procedures, and empowers students by allowing them to be responsible for their behavior. This approach tells students how to be successful and does not single out individual student in a negative manner.