Guest Blogger: Terry Peña, Lead Induction Mentor for the Minneapolis Public Schools PAR Mentor Program.
It is hard to believe that we are into already into April with May rapidly approaching. As you enter the last quarter of the school year it is a good reminder to reflect on behavior management strategies that have been successful for you and your students and also strategies that you might want to begin to implement. A strategy that we will look here at is called: Positive Narration.
- Positive narration enables you to create positive momentum
- Positive narration enables you to repeat your directions in a positive manner
- Positive narration enables you to demonstrate positive “with-it-ness”
- Positive narration enables you to recognize student behavior without the shortcomings of praise
- Positive narration is descriptive
When you use Positive Narration you are simply making a non-judgmental description of the behavior you are observing, providing examples of success for students to follow:
- Example: Sophia is working with her partner using her whisper voice.
- Example: Elisha is tracking me.
Start narrating within three seconds of giving directions. When positively narrating, you will simply make a three-part statement:
- Student’s Name: Jamal
- Verb: is
- Behavior: silently writing in his journal.
Use positive narration before you correct off-task students (3 positive then redirection).
Questions to consider and share in the comments:
- Have you tried Positive Narration before?
- If yes, what were the benefits and hesitations?
- If no, when would be a good time to start?
- Why is it so important to maintain rules and procedures the last quarter of the school year?
This strategy comes from the on line course called The No Nonsense Nurturer http://elearning.transformativeteachertraining.mrooms.net/ which is currently offered to probationary Minneapolis Public School teachers as a pilot. Your thoughts and opinions of how the strategy worked for you are greatly appreciated.