Classroom Management |Staying Positive

English: This is an example of a classroom fil...

English: This is an example of a classroom filled with students participating in the same activity with different learning levels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every morning we enter our classrooms and set the tone for the day. Our attitude and demeanor will turn a bad day into a good one and a good day into a great one for each and every student in our class. Having strong classroom management skills is essential to being able to effectively execute the lessons we have planned. One of the ways we keep students interested in our lessons is keeping things positive – not by giving in to student whims, but by constantly encouraging students to keep trying, keep working and keep learning.

When a student does poorly on an assignment, our job is not to emphasize the negative, but to focus on the aspects of the work that this student has understood and to build upon that. If we take the time to speak with a student to learn what he/she was thinking in the answers given, we encourage critical thinking in our students as well as a perseverance. In maintaining a positive inquiry, our students learn that we care about how they think and are prepared to work with them to expand their abilities.

Finding ways to continually encourage students can be a challenge. We can run out of the very phrases that we need to build our students’ self-esteem and their desire to keep trying. So here are over 100 ways to say “good job!”

WOW * WAY TO GO * SUPER * THAT’S INCREDIBLE! * OUTSTANDING * EXCELLENT * GREAT * GOOD * NEAT * WELL DONE * REMARKABLE * I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT * I’M PROUD OF YOU * FANTASTIC * 

WHAT A SUPERSTAR * NICE WORK * LOOKING GOOD * YOU’RE ON TOP OF IT * BEAUTIFUL* NOW YOU’RE FLYING * YOU’RE CATCHING ON * NOW YOU’VE GOT IT * YOU’RE INCREDIBLE * BRAVO * YOU’RE FANTASTIC * 

HURRAY FOR YOU * YOU’RE ON TARGET *YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY * YOUR HARD WORK PAID OFF *SMART * GOOD JOB * THAT’S INCREDIBLE*YOU DID IT * DYNAMITE*WHAT A TALENT * YOU’RE UNIQUE * NOTHING CAN STOP YOU NOW * GOOD FOR YOU * I LIKE THAT *YOU’RE A WINNER * REMARKABLE JOB * BEAUTIFUL WORK *

SPECTACULAR*YOU DID IT! * YOU’RE SPECTACULAR*YOU GOT IT JUST RIGHT * WONDERFUL TRYING * GREAT DISCOVERY * YOU’VE DISCOVERED THE SECRET * YOU FIGURED IT OUT * FANTASTIC JOB * HURRAY * BINGO *MAGNIFICENT * MARVELOUS * TERRIFIC * WHOOHOO! * PHENOMENAL * 

SENSATIONAL * SUPER WORK * CREATIVE JOB * SUPER JOB * FANTASTIC JOB * EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE * NICELY DONE * HIGH FIVE * YOU SHOWED GREAT RESPONSIBILITY * THAT’S SO EXCITING * YOU LEARNED IT RIGHT * WHAT AN IMAGINATION * WHAT A GOOD LISTENER

YOU ARE SO MUCH FUN * GOOD CHOICE *YOU TRIED HARD * THAT WAS A GREAT IMPROVEMENT * BEAUTIFUL SHARING * OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE * YOU’RE A GOOD FRIEND * GREAT TRYING * YOU’RE IMPORTANT HERE * I LOVE HOW YOU DID THAT * YOU LEARNED SOMETHING NEW * 

YOU HAVE A NEW SKILL *  I RESPECT HOW YOU DID THAT*YES! * THAT’S CORRECT *WHAT A JOY*THAT’S EXACTLY IT * WONDERFUL*PERFECTLY DONE * AWESOME * A+ JOB * YAY! * YOU MADE MY DAY * THAT’S REALLY COOL * YOU WORKED SO HARD AND IT PAID OFF * THAT’S IT EXACTLY * YES, KEEP IT UP * FABULOUS

I invite you to add to our list. What do you say to keep your students encouraged?

 

Susan Ward

Susan Ward

Retired elementary school principal. Currently a part-time instructor at Faculty of Education, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I work with teacher candidates placing them in schools and evaluating their teaching skills. I also teach a 20 hour course in social studies curriculum to teacher candidates. I have been an educator for over 35 years and am committed to having the best prepared new teachers we can develop, coming into the field.

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1 Response

  1. Some other words of encouragement could be:
    I agree with your point of view, I like how you think out of the box, I appreciate your cooperation, You have great potential.

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