Hi! I am linking up with Joanne for her Spark Student Motivation Saturday Linky! Today I want to share a tip to encourage fabulous writing with a strategy that is free and easy!
I had the honor and pleasure of attending a luncheon with Lola Schaefer a few
months ago. She is an author of several professional books as well as many children’s book. Ms. Schaefer is also a phenomenal speaker and a huge proponent of writing inside and outside the classroom. If you haven't seen any of her work, you should check her out!
The greatest tip I learned from Ms. Schaefer is one that I will use for the remainder of my career. Her advice is simple, yet very effective...
Walk around the room and point out the good things you see in your students' writing and point those things out LOUDLY!
“Wow Bobby! I love how you used conjunctions to combine some of your sentences
to vary your sentence structure. This really helps your piece flow nicely. Looks great! Keep up the good work!”
Then step back and watch the erasers start to fly as kids start to use conjunctions where they may not have originally!
If you think your kids need to use more adjectives, find someone who used adjectives and be very excited about it!
As teachers, we often spot our students' mistakes and want to help them; but this type of help comes across as negative, even if we mean it constructively. Students would much rather us brag on their work. Who wouldn't? Plus, its way more fun for us to be positive and get good results on the first try!
Simple…yet very effective motivation!
Hope you can use this tip in your classroom!
Hope on over to Head Over Heels for Teaching and see some other motivational tips from some fabulous teachers.
If you haven't connected yet, I would love for you to follow and comment with suggestions and things you do in your classrooms so that we can continue to learn from each other! The bigger our learning network, the more we can continue to be LIFELONG LEARNERS!
Enjoy your weekend!