While working on handwriting, I look over Tristan's shoulder to see how he's doing. He's working on cursive letters with circular shapes, like a and o.
"Tristan this is really good work. I can see you're really concentrating. These ones here are excellent letters. These ones are a little outside the lines. Try to stay inside the lines. Keep going though because your letters are getting better."
I make a point to come over before the end of the activity and check on his work again. "Tristan, you kept working this whole time! Good job! Your letters look great. I can see that you kept trying on every single one."
While sitting with a group of students, playing a card game, I watch to see which students are following the rules, helping their classmates stay on task, and remembering their turns.
"Anais, good job paying attention and making sure everyone remembers their turn. Joachim, nice job following the rules to take an extra card."
At the end of the game, I congratulate the whole group on managing the follow the rules and finish the game.