I love working children, though many times it is quite a challenge. There is one particular little boy in my NBT class who has been more than a little difficult to deal with. He seems to be always doing something he's not supposed to, without even realizing it. Today I noticed that whenever my head teacher would mention that she was watching to see who was the quietest, the most still booster with the biggest smile, he would sit right up in his chair and give the biggest cheezy grin imaginable. He really was trying to be good today, but at first he seemed very discouraged about it. It occurred to me that, while we always pointed out when he was disobeying, we hadn't been pointing out when he was doing right. I began to praise him for any ways in which he was being good, and pretty soon, he was happy and interested in class, and behaving much better than he had been.
How many times do we neglect to encourage those around us, pointing out every fault, but ignoring everything good they are doing? A little encouragement can indeed go a long way, if only we will give it.