Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, April 20, 2015

5 Characteristics of Effective Praise

In the last few posts, we've been talking about creating a climate in your classroom that is motivating.  We've also looked at how negative and positive words make a difference.  Today, let's discuss the role of praise in your classroom.  It's one of the most visible shift you can make in your classroom. However, this doesn’t mean to make random affirmative comments. I was in one classroom where the teacher said, “Good job!” every three seconds. Her students rolled their eyes and made faces each time. Saying good things just to say them is like doing 50 practice problems just so you can say you did them. The kids see right through you. There’s a huge difference between mere catch phrases and true praise.  Effective praise has five characteristics.

Personally meaningful
Respectful of the individual

Think about your praise.  How does it match these characteristics?   

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