Oh the sweet taste of victory! You did it! You made it! YOU –ARE– AWESOME!
Who in the world does not want to hear those words?
I do admit, I don’t like people to go on and on about how awesome I am, but it feels pretty good when someone takes time to stop and let me know I’m doing something good or I’m looking pretty sweet or even I SMELL GOOD! I know you probably think I’m off (join the club), but the smell good compliment is my fave. It’s a daily goal of mine to SMELL GOOD and when someone confirms the fact that I met that goal, I’M ELATED!
Think back to elementary school when you got your paper back with a huge RED STAMPED SMILEY FACE at the top! I remember those. That was back in the day when that stamp meant YOU DID A GREAT JOB! Thanks to digital graphics and the invention and mass production of smiley face stickers, you might see something like this:
Seriously, you cannot tell me you wouldn’t love to see this on your paycheck! How awesome would THAT BE!?
Yesterday I read this book called THE FUNDAMENTAL 5 which basically goes over things that a teacher can do to help organize instruction and in essence–become a better teacher. Our boss wanted us to read it before we came back from summer break. (Yep, I do what my boss says–I’M A VERY COMPLIANT EMPLOYEE! Hehe) A lot of the book was some “duh” stuff. You know, things that I was like, ok, I know this, but really, as teachers, we need to be reminded. Some stuff was “LIGHT BULB” stuff. You know, things like, “Oh, what a good idea!”
Anyway, CHAPTER 6 was titled RECOGNIZE AND REINFORCE. It was the best chapter. It was one that discussed why complimenting (recognizing) a student’s GOOD JOB is important. We should all know that this is very important, but once you start the year, sometimes, this type of praise and REINFORCEMENT of good behavior, work, etc. kind of dwindles.
It should never dwindle. The fire should continue to burn! Compliments are like FIREWORKS! No one wants the fireworks to stop! (Especially my friend Mary who is a firework queen!)
It should be something we all strive to do!
AND NOT JUST AS A TEACHER.
You know you love it when someone tells you that you are doing a great job, or you look great or YOU SMELL GOOD (or at least I do!). As people, no matter what job we have, we should be the CHEERLEADER for others around us.
Everyone wants to be RECOGNIZED for doing good stuff and in doing that, you will REINFORCE the good stuff.
WHO WANTS MORE GOOD STUFF!!!
I DO! I DO!
I’d be happy even if my kids told me this:
So DO YOUR PART to get more good stuff going. Take a compliment (recognize-ment) and give one:
RECOGNIZE AND REINFORCE!!!