Rewriting negative statements with Positive Framing: a. "We're not going to have another day like yesterday, are we, Jason?" > "Class, show me you're all ready to have a productive lesson today by sitting tall with attentive eyes. Nice job, Kyle. Good, Olivia." b. "Just a minute, Jane. Absolutely no one is giving you their full attention except Noah and Beth." > "Class, let's pause for a moment. I appreciate your enthusiasm to be in class today, but let's show Jane our respect by listening and following along with her explanation." c. "I need the tapping to stop." > "Wait a minute, class. Show me you're ready to begin by being still and attentive." d. "I've asked you twice to stop slouching, Jasmine!" > "I need one person to sit tall and give Hannah her full attention."
Precise Praise for positive student behavior: a. Working hard during independent practice - "Love how much thought you're putting into those answers, Henry." / "Look at all of those bright ideas coming to fruition in your lesson packets. Fantastic work, students!" / "Nice job staying focused on that hard question, Grant." b. Strong Habits of Discussion - "I love how you addressed Tyler's answer and then elaborated on it, Kim." / "Great job showing Fiona your attention, class." / "Excellent use of specific and scholarly language in that response, Will." c. Carefully following instructions - "Wonderful job following the instructions on the board, class." / "I really like how Yvonne has just double-checked instructions to confirm her work. Very nice." / "Good. It's obvious you've paid very careful attention to my instructions, students."
Scripts for Emotional Constancy in tricky situations: a. Direct disobedience - "Michael, sit down and follow instructions. I except you to show respect to your classmates." b. Rude behavior - "Lisa, that was a rude comment. Please apologize to Tristan, then pick up your pencil and begin working on problem 1." c. Students constantly talking over each other and the teacher - "Class, I'm going to stop you for a moment. I know you all as caring, respectful scholars who listen attentively to me and to each other. But that's not what I'm seeing right now. Let's hit the reset button. Show me how we practice good Habits of Discussion."
Bringing Joy Factor into the classroom: a. Using Kahoot! to review elements of a strong thesis statement (Fun and Games). b. MLA works cited scavenger hunt - students identify specific types of entries across a variety of works cited lists (Fun and Games). c. Sing "All By Myself" to encourage students to answer a question (Us and Them). d. Teach students a song to remember elements of strong search terms (Drama, Song, and Dance). e. Teach students a song for elements of a credible online source (Drama, Song, and Dance). f. Come up with a corny joke to use as a special compliment for a job well done (Humor). g. Sing a funny song to encourage students when they're struggling with a difficult task (Humor). h. Build up the suspense to showing students a list of research topics so they're excited to pick by the end of class (Suspense and Surprise). i. Sing "You've Got a Friend in Me" when one student does a good job of helping out a class mate (Us and Them). j. Come up with an imaginary class mascot that always seems to prevail in the most dire situations to help discuss difficult assignments. Example: "I know Washington Reports have the reputation of being extremely arduous, but did Buckie back down from that avalanche on Everest? No! Would he back down from Washington Reports? I don't think so!" (Us and Them).