The Necessity of Finding More Ways to Praise is a new post at Edutopia that summarizes a new paper (the published paper itself is behind a paywall but an earlier version is freely available here).

The results will be no surprise to experienced teachers – students will respond more positively to us if we praise more than we reprimand, and that’s especially true for those who might be considered more “challenging” students.

I was struck that the examples of praise listed by the researchers were the type recommended by Carol Dweck and other growth mindset researchers – specifically targeted on student actions (“Class, you listened very carefully during the presentation”) instead of more general ones.

My most recent Ed Week column focuses on “small changes” that can lead to big results in the classroom, and something like this definitely fits that bill.

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