January 18, 2014

Positive Narration in the Classroom

I know I already have a lot going on this weekend with our HUGE SCAVENGER HUNT GIVEAWAY, but I still wanted to link up with Joanne.

The charter school I worked in last year was incredibly inexperienced, as many of the teachers were from Teach for America. What this meant was that many of our teachers had NO CLUE about classroom management or how to plan an effective lesson. And honestly, even though I was one of the more experienced teachers, I had no idea how to manage the students who were in my classroom either. It was a completely different world. 

To that end, our administration ordered the book, Teach like a Champion for our entire staff. The book outlines 49 teaching tips with examples from real-world experiences (in charter schools). It covers setting high expectations, effective lesson planning, student engagement, developing a positive classroom culture, behavior management, how to encourage critical thinking and more. While the book is certainly most helpful for novice teachers, there are some gems in there that would benefit even expert teachers. 

Honestly, I wish I had had this book before starting last year because it would have saved me a lot of tears. 


So, what does this book have to do with student motivation? 

One of the "tricks" we are encouraged to use for classroom management is Positive Narration for behavior management. The idea is that you focus on what students are doing right and say those things aloud to motivate the rest of the class to do the same thing. 

I like the way Renard is completing his his Do Now silently.

It looks like 80% of us have read and followed the directions on the board.

I see that Diamond remembered to write her homework in her assignment notebook. 

Using this technique puts the focus on positive behaviors and keeps you from having to remind the same students every day about your expectations. Students (at least mine) are incredibly nosey and always in each other's business, so really, I think this is just using that knowledge to our advantage. Point out what one student is doing, and I guarantee the rest of the class will take note and follow. Plus, who doesn't love some positive praise?! I will admit that I actively looked for opportunities to use positive narration with my biggest trouble-makers so they could feel what it's like to be singled out for good things... and it DOES make a difference.

But sometimes, if I'm really honest, this is what I WANT to say:


Happy 3-day weekend, everyone! If you haven't already done so, make sure you check out my last post about a HUGE giveaway I'm doing with my friend Susan for our 300-Follower celebration. We're giving away more than 15 freebies through a fun scavenger hunt about our favorite childhood teachers, AND we have a giant raffle going for more than 20 TPT products, a bunch of gift cards, and a goodie package from New Zealand. There's something for EVERYONE in this giveaway, so head over now!

1 comment:

  1. The cartoon is HILARIOUS! I love this management technique because it not only gets the misbehaved students noticing the correct behavior, it gives those students who ALWAYS do the right thing an opportunity to be recognized. Thanks for sharing and linking up Erin!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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