As teachers we give compliments and positive reinforcement to our students day after day and year after year. Why, because it gives children positive goals to work towards instead of only focusing on negative consequences to avoid. Also positive reinforcement fulfills strong basic psychological needs of every individual and sets the tone as well as develops positive and caring relationship between people.
Over my short career as a teacher I believe that I have received what I would consider the greatest compliment a student could ever give me, just to be sure I checked with some members of my PLN if I was right. I believe the greatest compliment a student or parent could give me is “thank you or you made a difference”, and I have been fortunate enough to hear this on more than one occasion. I placed a short question on twitter asking what other teachers thought the greatest compliment was, and these are some of the responses I received:
These all confirmed my belief, reasoning’s and understandings in respect to why I teach, got into teaching and enjoy working with kids. Recently however, I have found through my PLN and connecting with other educators another from of compliment, which in my opinion is just as rewarding and brings the same feeling to me.
We often get compliments from peers and thank yous from peers when we have assisted them with some task in and around school, but what about when we affect peers. Although I am new at the twitter and blogging world (started in March) I have found that getting compliments from colleagues and peers that you do not directly work with, as well as being mentioned by them in their blog posts is a great feeling.
A feeling that makes you think, WOW, I have in some way influenced another teacher or group of teachers. Personally, it doesn’t matter how it just makes me sit back and think. There are many teachers and administrators that have influenced and helped me get where I am today, and I am sure that there will be many more, but it is just a GREAT feeling when you are told that you do the same for others.
So to all the teachers, colleagues, parents, administrators and students that have helped me grow and continue to help and push me to grow thank you, I couldn’t have done it with out you and your influences. Also a special thanks to Chris Wejr, George Couros, Aviva Dunsiger, and Kelly Alford, who have mentioned my influences on them and have told others that I have.