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What is Nurtured Heart
What is the Nurtured Heart Approach?
Aug 09 2017 - 12:48:00 pm

The Nurtured Heart Approach, NHA, is a social-emotional curriculum developed by the Psychologist Howard Glasser. The Nurtured Heart Approach is a proactive way of catching children being good! Instead of relying on punishments to teach what is acceptable, the NHA recognizes the greatness and the ability to do what is right n every student.


The NHA is based on Three Stands-

1. Absolutely no!

I refuse to give into negative energy.

2. Absolutely yes!

I will relentlessly energize the positive.

3. Absolutely clear!

I will obtain clear rules that have consistent boundaries.


Teachers are encouraged to catch students doing what is right through four energizing success techniques.


1. Active Recognition- an observation of facts of what you see before you.

I observed you ___________.


2. Experiential Recognition- an observation of both the facts that you see and also what that says about a person's greatness.

I see _________ (behavior) and that shows me ________ (character quality).

3. Proactive Recognitions- and honoring and celebration of the rules that have not been broken.

I’m impressed that you ________ instead of _____. That really takes ____ to make that choice.


4. Creative Recognition- A method of creating success that may not otherwise exist.

This technique starts with a doable and clear request and ends with celebration.

I need you to _____(action). You did _____ (action) that shows _____(character quality).


What is a reset?

A reset is time for a student to start again. When a child has broken a rule, a reset is given as a consequence. However, a student is invited to jump right back in after the reset.