Inspiring a Positive Attitude in the Classroom

Wade Boggs (the famous baseball player) said: “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

And it’s true.  Teachers and students that have a great attitude create a productive and safe environment in their school.  Here are a few ways that both teachers and students can inspire a positive attitude in the classroom.  A positive attitude towards learning is imperative!


This is more of a philosophy than a list.  The philosophy is this:  Think of your entire class as WINNERS.  Students that CAN and WILL succeed.  If you decide that certain children won’t “get it” and will be disrespectful, well, guess what?  They will be.  If you continually believe that they can succeed, then that will come true.  I understand that sometimes it’s difficult.  That sometimes students do things that are very disrespectful.  And our natural reaction is to be disrespectful back.  But that just causes conflict and escalates the situation.  It just make things worse.  There’s an old expression that says “Kill ’em with kindness”.  Believe it or not, this works.  And by the way, kindness doesn’t have to be mistaken for weakness.  You can be strong and kind with a positive attitude.


It’s SO MUCH EASIER to learn when you have a positive attitude towards learning.  Being excited about the subject.  Wanting to do well.  Well, here’s a list of 5 ways and places students can use their positive attitude to make their school better.

  1. When asked a question in class – make sure to raise your hand and answer the question with a  positive attitude.  (By the way, teachers, if the answer is incorrect, instead of telling them how “wrong” they may be, persuade and help them get the right answer.  And make sure they understand the concept itself)
  2. Help others when needed – If you see someone having a tough time, help them out.  Whether it’s a friend or not.  Whether it’s with their homework or on the playground.  You’ll find that when you help others, they will return the favor.
  3. Refrain from gossip and trash talking – This pretty much explains itself.  When people gossip, dismiss yourself.  Don’t be a part of it.  You’ll gain the respect of the people talking and the person being talked about.
  4. Walk with your head up – This is kind of a figure of speech.  I don’t really mean “your head in the clouds”.  I mean simply responding to others positively.  When someone asks “How’s it going”, say “Great!” and mean it.  When in doubt, just look around.  Look at all the amazing things we have around us.
  5. Compliment at least one person every day – Make sure it’s true and honest.  People see through dishonest compliments.  Find something you like about someone.  Tell them.  You’ll make their day!

By making it a habit of reacting to every situation with a good ATTITUDE, we can inspire others to do the same.  Students and teachers with a positive attitude make their school better!

I welcome your comments.

Dedicated to adding character to the classroom.
John Abrams –
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer

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