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Why should I do it?

  • Some students need verbal attention regarding their ability
  • Some students crave and need adult attention/approval
  • Shows students you care and are invested

When should I do it?

  • When a student gets frustrated
  • When a student verbally expresses he/she can’t do something 

How do I do it?

  • Validate what a student is experiencing: “I know you are frustrated because you feel that this assignment is too hard”
  • Normalize the feeling: “I get frustrated when I think something is hard and so do other students”
  • Identify a time when the student was able to have a hard assignment and complete it: “Remember when we did that math sheet and you felt you couldn’t do it and you got all of them right?”
  • Instill confidence in student “I know you can do it and I think you know you can too”