"You are meant to grace the world with your dance, to follow the lead of Jesus wherever he leads you." - Captivating

Aside from Jesus, "...traveling is the great true love of my life...I am loyal and constant in my love for travel...I just don't care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because its mine. Because it looks like me." - Eat.Pray.Love.

Here you will find my travels, not just physical travels but emotional and spiritual as well...journeys to different places in the world and journeys of the heart. And, of course, fun and silliness too :)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Invitational vs. Disinvitational

I was reading a book recently on Classroom Management. In one section it was giving tips of how to come across to your students as inviting (creating a positive classroom environment) or disinviting (creating a negative classroom environment).

For example:

Inviting Verbal Comments

  • "Congratulations"
  • "I appreciate your help"
  • "Tell me about it"
  • "Good Morning"

Disinviting Verbal Comments

  • "It won't work"
  • "Not bad for a girl"
  • "I don't care what you do"
  • "Keep Out"

Ohhhh, so its not a good idea to tell my students to "keep out!"...I mean seriously is this really necessary to write in a book?! But then it got even funnier...

Inviting Personal Behaviors

  • Smiling
  • Listening
  • Thumbs up
  • Waiting your turn

Disinviting Personal Behaviors

  • Looking at your watch
  • Yawning
  • Sneering
  • Shoving

Wait, did I just read that right...I shouldn't sneer at or shove my students?! Again, I would have thought these behaviors would have been common sense as a human much less a teacher to his/her students. But at least it was good for a laugh in the middle of a not too exciting book :)