Great Ideas: Positive Referrals

From the TCT archives: accentuating the positive.

We ask our teachers to point out positive actions of students. To make these referrals more practical, I created a simple form that a teacher can fill out, giving the student’s name, accomplishment, and work phone number of the parent or guardian.

When I receive these forms, I contact the parent by phone. Parents may be wary at first at a call from the principal, but they are delighted when they learn the reason.

An added bonus: the parent may tell at least one co-worker about the child’s accomplishment — and how wonderful our school is!

~ Submitted by Troy Berryman  (at time of original publication, principal of Sacred Heart Elementary School, Norfolk, Nebraska)

This great idea was originally published in our January/February 2009 issue.

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