Teacher Favorite | Proactive vs Reactive Directions
“Tell me exactly what you would like me to be doing, rather than only reprimanding me for not doing something.”
Best for: Students who are defiant when criticized or corrected; students who are able to engage in an activity if they are given specific instructions as to what they are expected to do.
Example: Replace a statement like “Don’t read ahead” with a proactive direction such as “Read the first paragraph, then you can close your book”.
Desired results: Improved focus, engagement, attitude and ability to accomplish clear tasks.
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