Teacher [class]: When I hear someone say something that really rocks my world, I usually say "thanks."
Teacher [interview]: As a learning environment, to be grateful for what we have is a very important to recognize for students.
Teacher [class]: Say, "wow! You never thought of it that way." "That's a great idea. I wonder how we could move that even further." So, I think appreciating other people's work is also a strategy that you can use.
Teacher [interview]: I frequently hand note cards to students and ask them to think about a specific moment that someone helped their learning and to write that specific moment on the card. You can either have students share that in the group or you may collect the cards and choose several that you think are especially warm.
Teacher [class]: Hallie appreciated Danny for noting how they kept asking rhetorical questions. "It made me think about that."
Teacher [interview]: By hearing what other people appreciate of other students, teachers also get a better assessment of where students are. In addition to that, it's very important for teachers to recognize what students bring to the classroom and so any time I get an opportunity to show appreciation for students work, I think it's highly valuable.
Teacher [class]: Oh, you are tremendous!
Teacher [interview]: Appreciations are part of building a learning environment that makes students feel safe, comfortable in taking risks. At its core, it values what students think and what they do.
Teacher [class]: Very good, I think that's a super point.
Teacher [interview]: So we practice that as both individuals within groups and also sharing and celebrating that as large groups.