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POSITIVE ADJECTIVES – Can the use of positive adjectives in the classroom make a difference in children’s well-being? Definitely YES. Discover from an English teacher how and why.
Have you ever heard of a perfect classroom? I’ve not, but if you have, then that’s probably a myth. As a teacher, you may have noticed that every student is different. Some are good in academics, some are good in sports. Some have excellent social skills, while the others take the time to open up. Some are cheerful and zesty yet some remain silent. Some are excited about the class and some just want to hear the bell go off.
My class was no different, and I initially had problems dealing with my students.
I teach a group of young fifth graders, 35 to be accurate, who are all 10-11 years old. Unlike my other classes, the first week with my new students wasn’t comfortable as many of them were distracted and some even seemed disinterested in what they were learning. Only a few took interest and participated while there were some who wanted to talk but kept holding themselves back. It gets really tough, especially when you’re teaching ESL to them. I started to doubt my teaching skills, but turns out it wasn’t me after all (phew!). I took a gasp of relief and tried to get to the real problem and fix it early on.
By observing my students and by finding out more about their background, I narrowed down to a list of 14 students who had some problems that were affecting their behavior. My observations unveiled the fact that many of those 14 students had family issues, a troubled household, and lack of attention causing loneliness. A few felt insecure about their appearance and how they were being picked on by others.
These were some serious issues that are enough to damage your self-confidence and make you unhappy.
Introducing Positive Adjectives: The Chosen Words
I planned to reinforce some positivity in my classroom, and what better way to do it than using ‘words’, right? Yes. Using positive adjectives in my class was the best solution. Students need to have a positive approach towards life and positive words, appreciation, and encouragement are a vital part of their early development.
So I made a list of 12 simple positive adjectives (descriptive type) and divided them into groups of 3. Since everyone in my class uses smartphones, I made flashcards for each adjective on Cram with their meanings on the flip side. I shared them with my students and work got so much easier.
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These were the twelve positive adjectives I chose to use in my classroom early on. Thus began the experiment to introduce the ‘Positive Approach’ to lighten up the mood and invite active participation.
The Positive Month
As I had mentioned, some of the kids in my class were unhappy. I already knew what was bothering them. Their problems were common and well known to me. Since this was the fifth grade, it was still easy to shape them and bring a change in their behavior and way of thinking. It was a learning experience for the remaining students as well.
After dividing the adjectives into groups of 3, it was now time to implement them into our everyday routine. But how? My students react better to stories and tales. So I thought of approaching every positive adjective with a short story.
As a teacher of English, you have already gone through loads of Literature and that way, you often become a good storyteller to engage your students. Luckily, I could come up with good stories that are relevant to the current times as a background for each of my chosen words.
I planned a month long process and focussed on one group of adjectives per week. I also asked them to implement over weekends what they learned in class and write a small article about their experience.
Adaptable, Courageous, and Courteous
My aim for the first week was to instill self-confidence and make the students feel positive about themselves, ignore the negativity and be kind to others.
Ambitious, Creative, Resourceful
The second lesson after self-belief and kindness was to make my students think out of the box. Children should know how to approach their dreams, know their limitations and utilize what’s available to them to the fullest.
Diligent, Reliable, Sensible
The next phase focussed on imparting a sense of responsibility, completing work on time, and sensing what’s correct and what’s wrong.
Exuberant, Gregarious, Philosophical
Finally, the last week of the month was meant to teach my students the power of being cheerful and positive around people, and the impact it had on their attitude. Students must learn to be rational and calm while going through difficulties and facing disappointments.
I carefully framed stories that were very close to the situations that some students were facing at home. There was a subtle indication to those students without singling them out or making their condition public as I knew they’d feel awkward. I certainly didn’t want that to happen.
I was happy with the results as my students were more engaged in the classroom and participated in conversations without the fear of being judged or judging their classmates. I was really happy to hear a parent come to me and share her thoughts on her daughter’s changed behavior.
My students learned to see their positives attributes over the negative ones, started to respect everyone around them, and would no more get cranky for frivolous things. That was a win for me as their teacher.
A Positive Message
I’d like to quote the example of the Solomon Islanders here. The natives of the Solomon Islands follow a unique method of cursing and yelling at the trees that are too big to be cut down. They do it for a few months and just like that, the tree starts dying and falls. Such is the impact of negative words.
A hearty message that I give my students is to think positive and stay positive. Negative words are bad and as the good old saying goes, Sticks and stones may break my bones but words hurt forever.
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Sophia Sanchez is a passionate educator and blogger who blogs about education on her personal blog.
She is an ESL/EFL instructor who found her true calling — teaching — while she was juggling writing and a 9-5 desk job. In her free time, she watches movies and takes up freelance writing gigs. If you want to connect with her, you can find her on facebook and twitter.
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Some people think if they only have little to give, they can’t give at all.
You don’t have to have a lot to be generous, you just need to be willing to give. You could be the person who is in need of help, how amazing does it feel when someone helps you? A better feeling is being the person doing the helping. Giving and being generous is a warmth in the heart and soul, even more so when you don’t expect anything back.
Here are 5 ways that will help you live a more generous life
- Spend time with generous people – If you understand the law of attraction, you will understand that the more people you spend time with who are generous, you too will become as generous. You will soon learn how to be generous and how amazing it feels.
- Be grateful – Gratefulness leads to happiness, which naturally leads to wanting to show and give to others what you appreciate in your life. Being grateful in your own world is a sure way of helping you become more generous.
- Read stories about generosity – Read about generous people and see how they give. This could be rich people or poor people, remember giving isn’t always about money.
- Do something for charity – If you haven’t got the funds to give to a good cause, then arrange an event or something similar (for example the Macmillan Coffee mornings are very popular). You could do this with a charity that you care about. There will be a charity out there that you can relate to, see how you can help them.
- Give your time – Time is one of the most precious things in our lives. If someone is giving you their time, it’s important to appreciate it. What can you give your time to? Spending it with people in need is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your time. Being generous with your time is never a waste of time J
The Healing Power of Positive Words
Human’s eyes represent his mind, the tongue signifies his heart, and his arms legs represent human will. The tongue is a small body organ, yet death and life reside in the power of the tongue. Words can have a positive or negative impact on our lives. A person’s speech is so powerful, that you can easily determine their mental wellbeing from the words they utter. Words have power, and proper use of the power requires wisdom. This blog explores the power of speech and gives advice for exercising wisdom in whatever you say.
1. Your Body Is the Temple of God
As an individual recognize God that resides in the tip of your tongue and in each heart of a human being. Harmful words ruin the temple of God that is located in your heart. As God’s worker on earth, you need to ensure that positive speech becomes an integral part of your life. Develop an internal alchemy that turns destructive compassion into a passion, and disliking into sympathy.
2. Positive Words Relieve Mental Burdens
Gentle words often turn even the hardest of souls. God exists in each and every human being. When we use positive feeling words and act towards another people, we shift the karmic balance by paying the previous debt. When we speak positively to another person, we relieve them of their mental burden and bring him on the way to self-analysis and light. Nothing is more discouraging than hurtful gossip, criticism, and negative speech. If you keep on slandering and gossiping about others, you are denying yourself the opportunity to be truly happy in your life.
3. Positive Words Have a Healing Effect
Words have an incredible healing power in people’s lives. Words of love, comfort and encouragement have a positive impact on people’s lives. This is evidenced by health in the body. Positive speech is a weapon against disease and bad luck. Take control of your tongue, to ensure it speaks no evil against the absent or departed. Make sure your words do not injure a person’s reputation. Practice self-control, good company and good words as they bring light to the heart. Familiarize yourself with these rules checklist on how to be happy.
4. Positive Words Uplift People’s Lives
If you are blessed in life, nature expects you to recompense the blessings you have received by uplifting others with your words. In doing so, more blessings, wealth, and health will come your way. If you fail to do so, then you are only denying yourself the joy and happiness you would have gained from uplifting other people’s lives. On the other hand, if you speak negatively about other people, you absorb their bad karma and dissipate the blessings you had gained, that you would have otherwise received.
The following are interesting beliefs regarding the impact of negative, hurtful words.
- If you have an island under the ring finger or a line of line – it’s not a good sign.
- A star at the base of your middle finger is not favorable. That is the reply for the sin of slander would be great.
- A cross under the ring and/or middle fingers brings negativity in the life of those offending others.
- If a cross appears on your mount of Venus, abstain from stay away from slander, gossip, and negativity, since they will directly impact your relations.
5. Positive Words Strengthen Our Relationships
Speech is the Light of Infinity which should be constantly increasing. We should approach our listeners humbly, and show them our intellectual gift by the words we speak. We should center our conversations around truths. We should also show modesty and respect in our speech. If you look around you, a lot of people are bringing down their love relationships, friendships and careers by speaking lies, being arrogant and showing disrespect in the way they speak with their partners.
6. Positive Words Create and Support Light
The Word is God and God is the Word. When God created us, he intended for us to be the Spirit of Light that guides all those who have strayed from the path of light. The tongue, should, therefore, not be used to destroy others. When you gossip, you attract negative forces that invade your body, mind, and heart. Such forces suck out the light out of you, leaving you weak and unable to exercise control over your heart and body. The only way to avoid this situation is by dedicating the words that come from your mouth to create light and support others who might be too weak having been possessed by dark forces.
7. Positive Words Improve the World
The world we live in is full of karma. We always hear that karma will get back at us in one way or the other. Your achievements, challenges and everything you go, are not by accident. Rather, they are the result of karma. Instead of attracting negative karma, you can attract positive karma. By using deliberate words and actions that are intentionally constructive, we set positive forces in motion, that will act on the good for all mankind. Positive words will improve your life and further karma incarnations, and by extension, improve the world through enlightenment.
In conclusion, positive thinking is something that you need to practice over a great deal of time to get it in your system. An empty stomach brings out the negative energy from your body. To help yourself, you need to eat healthy, at regular times and also stay out in the sun as bonding with nature cancels out the negative forces. Above all, learn to love yourself by taking good care of your body, refraining from listening to and participating in negative talk. This way, you will always keep your mind, heart, and body healthy. Here is an inspirational speech to get you going in your endeavors.
About the Author: Janet Anthony is a blogger from Kansas City and content writer at Resumes.Expert who has been writing professionally for five years now. She mostly writes about motivation, self-development, blogging and inspiration. Her motto is “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”. Find Janet here: twitter
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65 Words to Embody in Your Business
Positive Words Research has made a selection of certain words that a business should embody. This list was made based on feedback received from subscribers, facebook and twitter followers, people that send us messages through the contact form or other social media feedback.
We gathered all the date from this feedback and created a list of 65 powerful words for your business.
Choose from the below list of empowering words, the words that suit your workplace and embody them in your business.
- Passion – Passionate (about the work);
- Success ;
- Innovation – innovative;
From these 65 words, there are 10 categories of words that top when it comes to values to embody in your business.
Top 10 categories of words to embody in your business
- Inspire – Innovation – Creativity;
- Authenticity – Goodness;
- Passion – Enthusiasm – Fun – Weird – Happiness;
- Integrity – Empower – Transparent;
- Focus – Leadership;
- Freedom – Driven;
- Quality – Service-oriented;
- Teamwork – Sharing – Communication – Collaboration;
- Strategy – Efficiency – Scalability;
- Reliable – Dedicated.
Based on the feedback received by Positive Words Research, INSPIRE is the top word to embody in the business.
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