Model One: Recognize Inherent Strengths
Good teachers are masters of
motivation. They know that motivating each child is the secret
to good teaching. Motivation happens when each child feels recognized.
Good teachers know how to recognize in a positive way. Parents
view teachers who do not motivate students as "The Walking
Dead." Here is the secret to motivation:
Teacher asks students to look around
the room and write down two or three special strengths seen in
fellow students (no names). Teacher collects lists and reads
or displays the wide range of special strengths.
Now, teacher asks students to write
down two or three special strengths or interests seen in SELF.
(Teacher assures confidentiality) Each student signs name and
gives list to teacher.
Teacher encourages students
to use each one's special strengths in school work and home work.
Teacher regularly recognizes and comments on students' special
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