Praise can often be a under-utilised and under-appreciated aspect of teaching and learning, but getting the balance just right between overpraising and under praising is a skill that needs careful consideration. When faced with a class of different personalities, pitching praise perfectly can seem like a dark-art. It’s all about recognising individual progress, behaviour and effort.
Praising at the right time, to the right students can be an influential factor in raising student achievement. Therefore, it is always nice to learn about tried-and-tested pedagogical strategies that can help teachers praise students to help them become successful in their learning, achieving beyond expectations and to succeed towards the next stage of education.
Richard Rogers second book, ‘The Power of Praise – Empowering Students Through Positive Feedback’ focuses on ensuring that students receive positive validation from positive sources, and that’s where the role of the teacher becomes even more important. The power of sincere and meaningful praise shapes outlooks, develops self-worth, and can be the boost individuals need to help overcome challenging barriers. Richard’s book invites that the reader has a good understanding of three fundamental themes:
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- The philosophy of praise (why praise is important and what its effects can be),
- The mechanics of praise (how to actually implement the various tactics available),
- Ways to accentuate the efficiency of praise (how to ensure that praise and feedback only take up the time and effort that it needs to).
Through a series of (22) ‘Secrets’, Richard shares ideas, resources and strategies that teachers can utilise to help develop such a positive and meaningful philosophy of praise in the classroom. Starting with ‘The Purpose of Marking’, Rogers maintains 4 key reasons why marking of completed tasks is so important (acknowledgement, praise, correction and practise) helping learners to go over their work, correct it, and formulate targets for improvement and development. Sharing pedagogical strategies throughout, the book reminds us that praise must be sincere, specific, be recorded and remembered by the teacher and, reinforced at significant points in the future. The book showcases ideas, examples and illustrations that can easily be transferred into any classroom.
Sincere positive reinforcement is a key aspect of successful learning and development for all of us, and young people are more attuned to receiving praise from authoritative figures, and the role of educators in this aspect cannot be overstated. How you manage meaningful and sincere praise in your classroom can have a major impact on how students behave and engage with their learning, so this book goes a long way in helping teachers develop strategies that can promote positive progression for all.