Teachers: What words do you use to encourage a child’s efforts?

New teachers often struggle with their first experiences during “report card” season. Report cards help communicate a students’ progress. Finding the right words can make a difference not only in encouraging the child, but encouraging the parent as well. Writing unique and meaningful report card comments takes effort. If only negative statements are written, the parent may feel overwhelmed and thus be unable to help their child.

Check out this great article published by Leah Davies M.Ed. The post includes 27 adjectives, and over 50 phrases on a child’s strengths, making progress, and/or in need of assistance. Check it out here.

We think sharing songs from our TOUGH STUFF CD would also be a great tip to share with parents. TOUGH STUFF features songs of motivation and much of the research behind it comes from the work of Dr. Carol Dweck and her focus on fixed and growth mindsets.

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