The Value of Positive Images

One of the things I often emphasize in working with students is making heavy use of positive images as it concerns personalities, capabilities, and behavior. This practice is powerful and especially useful for teachers who work with students with NBB (neurological-based behavior).

Body, mind, and emotions fully intermingle and each is understood in terms of the others. Feelings, learning, and physical behavior all work in conjunction and are inseparable. A change in behavior is as much emotion based as it is cognition based—that is, it has as much to do with feelings as with knowledge.

The human mind thinks not so much through the use of simple language but through the heavy use of pictures, images, and visions. Therefore, one of the best ways to influence behavior for the better is to empower students with positive images. In teaching students to conduct themselves appropriately, we should make use of positive images of what responsible people do, as opposed to images of punishment for irresponsible behavior.

What positive images are you creating for your students?