Teacher Tip: Negative Children

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Minimize negativity and create a positive atmosphere
with these tips…

A negative child often seeks love and craves attention. A
negative attitude, though, can disrupt your classroom, hinder
learning, and put an uncomfortable cloud over your entire class.
Minimize classroom negativity and create a positive atmosphere with
these practical helps.

Love — Show the child God’s love through every
word and action. Don’t exclude a child because of her negative
attitude. Set firm boundaries and let her know that you expect
positive behavior. Praise her for her efforts to overcome her
negative attitude. Pray with her to show her that you and God love
her very much.

Eliminate — Don’t allow negativity to breed
negativity. Immediately stop any negative comments and put-downs
before things escalate. Eliminate “downtime” by keeping the
negative child busy. Have him help you before, during, and after
class. Praise him for his efforts, such as sharpening pencils,
completing the lesson project, or listening carefully.

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Listen — Correct the child away from the other
children. Give her your undivided attention. Let her know that you
understand, care, and want to help. Most of all, let her know that
God loves her unconditionally.

Mary Davis
Montrose, Iowa

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