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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.