After this little motivational boost, B no longer joked at being dumb, but was is even more brilliant, is his new found commitment to improving! He is taking all notes of feedback and independently revising his work, participating more in class, and staying focused on completing all tasks. He also advocates for himself and asks to sit in a quiet area to complete learning activities. I have seen such a huge difference with B and it all started with the use of language. We set high expectations and we used positive language to follow through. It’s truly amazing what students can achieve when they have the right support, and sometimes that support is simply a positive comment.
Nadine Al Chami (@nadinechami4) teaches high school social studies and uses art and innovation to empower students to own their learning.