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Praise with Purpose

In the attached article you will find information on positive praise, especially for middle school students. “When middle school teachers praised students at least as often as they reprimanded them, class-wide on-task behavior improved by 60% to 70%, according to a BYU study.”

One of the most important things I stressed to staff was always to address the child by name with a positive greeting before you addressed a behavior. Children want to know that you know them, see them hear them before you ever try to teach them anything.

“Researchers observed 28 classrooms across five middle schools. They noted that teachers gravitated toward criticizing statements four to nine times as often as they used statements giving praise.”

Action steps

As principal at a middle school we did some of the same things. We had a clear tower by the front office and students could drop off praise tickets they received. We did drawings and when it was full we had a building party.

What do you do to praise? Building a positive work, teaching, and learning climate and culture takes planning. Planning does not mean it is not authentic but intentional with purpose.

https://kslnewsradio.com/1954456/praising-students-works-better-than-scolding-study-finds/

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