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Proper Praise: Striking a Balance Between Optimistic and Overboard

This collection focuses on motivating students through praise. While it’s tempting to toss out, “Good job!” all day long, finding the right balance (and right words) when using praise means the difference between motivating and mothing your students.
A Collection By Erica Loop
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  • 6 Collection Items
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Proper Praise: Striking a Balance Between Optimistic and Overboard
  • Erica Loop says:
    Talking about the least and most effective types of praise gave me ideas as to what works, and what doesn’t. The scale idea (which types of praise are less effective) helps to shape the praise and make my words go farther.
  • nea.org
    nea.org

    Use Specific Language for Feedback and Praise

    2 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    A brief, but insightful, look at the way that specific word choice effects how the student learns. I found the section on specific words (the examples) to be extremely helpful. It sets up the educator to get the student’s attention and use meaningful, engaging language.
  • Erica Loop says:
    What really struck me in this video was the use of praise as part of the learning process. I often think of praise as being an end result (i.e., use it after the child has done well). The method shown (using praise along the way to build the child’s confidence) is so simple, but such as stellar solution. The use of the specific praise becomes a step in the student’s inquiry process.
  • Erica Loop says:
    This video gets to the root of the issue by focusing on mistakes that teachers make. I found the explanations easy to follow and enjoyed the lecture-type format. Understanding the mistakes that we all make is essential when it comes to correcting behavior and making the most of praise as a positive technique.
  • vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu
    vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu

    Behavior-Specific Praise in the Classroom

    5 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    The chart and ratios that this article gives make it truly worthwhile. Giving general praise is a trap that is easy to fall into. I enjoyed the way that this article introduces the idea of behavior-specific praise. It makes the praise more useful and shows the student that you’re in tune with his or her actions.
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    Motivating Student Learning Through Praise

    2 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    I love how this teacher introduces her use of praise to her students. It’s not just about piling on the praise in this case – it’s more about explaining and getting the students to truly hear (and think about) what you’re saying.