I stopped writing this entry to take Keener to the bathroom and found myself saying “good job” unprompted. Why did I say it? I was truly proud of him for going to the bathroom. Although we started official potty training six months ago, it has only been a month since he consistently initiates using the bathroom. Since it is still a relatively new skill, I wanted to praise him because I was proud of him. I also want this behavior to continue.
“Good job!” How many times per day do you find yourself saying that to your children? While writing this, I was especially focused on how many times I was saying it — oh my. I first realized I said this too much while teaching first grade. My students would show me their work and my response was generally “good job,” which really meant, “go sit down.” My principal, the mastermind behind thedead mouse story, has us currently focusing on student feedback, prompting me to think about feedback both in and out of the classroom.