Praise me, Praise me!

Motivational Techniques: Misuse of Praise

Research suggests that praise is underused in the classroom; some of my students often joke about me not praising them enough. Call it ‘tough love’, call it what you will but I have never seen a need to hand out ‘good job’ purely because somebody does what is asked of them. As discussed here praise should include a behavioural element, something that is worthy of note. Adding a link to an accomplishment will ground the praise in the learners mind and hopefully motivate them to repeatedly produce work of such a standard.


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