Tip of the Week: A Good Volunteer’s Guide to Not Using That Word!
Let’s banish “Are you being good?” from our vocabulary. The children we work with are in the process of forming their identities, deciding whether they are “good” or “bad.” It’s important that we are *specific* about our guidance and do not get lazy with our language. Instead of asking whether a child thinks he or she is being “good,” ask: “Are you sitting quietly?” or “Are you sharing with your friends?” You are modelling complete sentences and new words AND helping children build positive self-concepts – that’s the way to build children up!!
Take some time this week to review our Positive Language Worksheet and learn the most effective ways to praise (and correct) children.
See a related tip on positive language here.