Last week I e-mailed our staff with the following challenge:
Pick one student in any of your classes–someone you wouldn’t normally see as a “model” student–and list 3 or 4 things you appreciate about that student. Make a phone call home and share some positive news.
“Everybody likes a compliment.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
It was great to get the following response from one of our teacher’s aides:
I am proud to say our Mr. Jones has been doing just that for quite some time now. When the parents do not speak English I make the calls for him. I love doing it because some of these parents have never had a positive call so they keep thanking me…saying how much they appreciate the call. One student came back the next day and told Mr. Jones that his dad was waiting for him when he got home and took him to see a movie!
Every student should experience the power of a sincere compliment and benefit from the knowledge that a caring adult believes in their potential. Every parent should be assured that there are adults in their student’s school who look for the best in their child. It is an achievable challenge.
“A student never forgets an encouraging private word, when it is given with sincere respect and admiration.” ~ William Lyon Phelps