Education is the greatest civil rights issue of our time. It will take solutions around the HOW, not words around the WHAT.
The Power of a Positive Note
When was the last time you wrote someone a thank you card or a positive note? Within the last week is an answer that will earn you BIG, BIG points.
Whether it is for a colleague, someone on your team, a friend or a student, it always feels great to receive a positive note. Yes, emails are nice too, AND, there is just something about a handwritten note that someone takes the time to write. I see people keep notes in their office and on their boards. What does that say about the power of a positive note?
Think about a person in your life you want to motivate. Would a positive note do some good? I bet it would.
Here are a couple of strategies to help you with positive note writing:
1. Carry around the cards in your bag. They don’t need to be super nice, just functional.
2. For students, use what you have. Put a sticky note on a handout. Write in their planner so their parents can see it. Use their names with an adjective that starts with the same letter.
3. Pick a day of the week that you will write at least one note to a deserving individual.
4. Start a meeting with a do first of writing positive notes. Engage your team!
5. If you don’t have a card, take the time to say thank you. Sincerely. With honesty. And with genuine appreciation for the individual.
Who will you thank?