I know how I want to respond. I know what would be helpful. But so far it seems to be beyond me to actually do it.
Reading Joe Bower's most recent post about a school-wide behavior system caught me. I've only recently discovered his blog and it's become a must read for me.
Reading his interaction with a student was a reminder of how I want to interact with kids. My two current goals (there are so many more in my head but I'm trying to keep this doable):
- Take the time to listen more. I have not had the patience to do this lately and it is critical. Just doing this will make a huge difference, I think.
- Give students the benefit of the doubt. Assume the positive rather than the negative. Children are not too often truly malicious. They are not often attempting to drive me crazy. I need to remember that.