Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #43
Positive Framing


“People are motivated by the positive far more than the negative.  Seeking success and happiness will spur stronger action than seeking to avoid punishment.”

KEY IDEA: Make corrections consistently and positively.  Narrate the world you want your students to see even while you are relentlessly improving it.

Positive Framing corrects and guides behavior by following six rules:
·       Live in the now: avoid harping on what students can no longer fix
·       Assume the best: Don’t attribute to ill intention what could be the result of distraction, lack of practice, or genuine misunderstanding.
·       Allow plausible anonymity: First attempt to correct behaviors without using their names, “Check yourself to make sure you’ve done exactly what I’ve asked.”
·       Build momentum, and narrate the positive: Narrate the evidence of your own commands, “I need three people.  Make sure you fix it if that’s you! Now I need two.  We’re almost there. Ah, thank you.  Let’s get started.
·       Challenge!: Exhort them to prove what they can do by building competition into the day.
·       Talk expectations and aspirations:  Talk about who your students are becoming and where you’re going.

Keep positive by avoiding 2 things:
·       Rhetorical questions: Don’t ask questions you don’t want answers to.
·       Contingencies: Don’t say, “I’ll wait,” unless you will.


From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

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