Blog: High Five Challenge
Author: Derek Oldfield
Paul Bailey, Jodie Pierpoint, and I are in a Voxer book chat group reading Kids Deserve It with some other friends. The three of us were Voxing each other recently about developing authentic relationships with students. Born out of our conversation is this fun challenge we considered posing to our PLN via Twitter. Our purpose is to get more educators engaged in the extra effort that is required to build true relationships with tough students through positivity.
We have designed a challenge where educators keep track of “positivity points” daily by giving high fives, writing handwritten notes, or making positive phone calls home. We use the word points loosely because we will not be posting a leaderboard, giving away a million dollars, or any other award. The only reward given will be a smile on a kids face, the gift of being a champion for a kid, or joy from the happiness in a parent’s voice. Utilizing points will provide feedback for the participants to track if they are being positive throughout the school days. The hashtag #high5challenge can be used to post photos, point totals and/or goals and gain ideas of how others are promoting positivity within their buildings.