Learning to give heartfelt compliments- Warm Fuzzies
Our theme this year is building bridges of kindness. Sometimes that is easier said than done. Often times we get caught up in letting others know what they did wrong or what needs to change. All of us tend to be critics, adults and children alike. In order to continue our work on building kindness, our focus in February will be giving “warm fuzzies.” Our students and staff will discuss how good you feel when another gives you an authentic compliment or positive feedback. Saying something kind or encouraging builds a person up. Self confidence and perseverance can be gained when a person knows others are encouraging them to keep going. You can’t help but smile when you receive a warm fuzzy!
When we praise students or give compliments, we want to compliment effort and comment on how hard they are trying. This is so much more powerful than giving general praise of “good job” or “nice work.” Also complimenting effort is encouraging to a child. Telling them they are smart or the best can be discouraging or stilts their effort.
Complimenting a student when they are showing the behaviors we are encouraging such as patience, kindness, empathy, and compassion are wonderful opportunities to highlight this positive behavior and encourages others to follow suit. Try to do this with your children. They’ll benefit from your authentic praise and be encouraged to keep trying.
What a wonderful way to warm our hearts- let’s share warm fuzzies- true, authentic compliments with everyone around. We’ll all feel confident and ready to keep going and growing!
Mrs. Vicky Haas
Wittenberg K-8 Principal