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Children are filled with a sense of pride and importance when a teacher sends a positive note home to their parents.
‘In my experience the positive note beats material rewards hands down,’ behaviour management instructor Paul Dix shares.
In today’s video, Dix discusses when it’s appropriate to send a positive note home, why they reinforce good behaviour and why it’s important to recognise consistent, fantastic student behaviour.
‘There's something about that positive note when you give it to the child. You're marking the moment,’ Dix says.
‘… That moment is so critical. You are framing that learner but you're also giving them the sincere and genuine praise they deserve.’
According to Dix, not only are positive notes great for building self-confidence, they also serve as a great reflection on how much progress the student has made.
‘Positive notes are low-cost, they're highly efficient and they do exactly what we want them to do,’ he says.
As the founder and lead instructor of Pivotal Education, an education training consultancy working with teachers and school leaders across the globe, Dix has five published titles on behaviour and assessment.