Making praise meaningful – PP11

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

Our topic of the week is making praise meaningful.

In a change to the usual format, Paul presents an exclusive audio seminar on the topic of making praise meaningful.

He begins by explaining the importance of smiles. They help up build the relationship between students and teachers.

Countdowns are a great way to reinforce positive routines when handled in a specific way – combine the numbers with comments on how well certain groups are doing and quick reminders to others. All ages can benefit from countdowns, the teacher simply needs to change the language used.

Verbal praise is an extremely powerful way of connecting with your students and letting them know they are appreciated. However, you need to be mindful of how different people react to praise – not everyone wants public praise, for example. So, personal verbal praise is the key.

Deliver deserved praise:




1. Get down to the pupil’s eye level, perhaps crouching down by their work table – this is non-threatening and students appreciate it.

2. Tell the student what you are praising and why – even if you don’t remember the interaction, the pupil definitely will…

Read the rest of the show notes on the Pivotal Education site.

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