Keep Reading and Writing Positive

Have you ever said anything remotely like this, “If you continue to do —–, then you will have to go read in your room.”

As a classroom teacher who wants to make learning an enjoyable experience, I pledged long ago to never put the words “have to” in front of “reading” or “writing”. Don’t create the illusion that they are punishments. Instead, put the words “get to” in front of ‘reading’ or ‘writing’. Consider promising a reward of reading such as “if you get ——-done now, we can go read together” or “I will read to you whatever you like”.