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Follow Through in the Classroom
An agreement isn't an agreement unless it involves at least two people. That may seem like an obvious statement; however, many teachers (and parents) decide on a rule and announce it as an agreement when the child (or children) had no part in creating the agreement. An agreement requires three steps, 1) a discussion about the challenge, 2) brainstorming together for solutions, 3) choosing a solution that feels respectful to all parties.
Encouragement vs Praise for Teachers
So, what is the difference between encouragement and praise? Praise teaches dependency on external feedback (I'm “okay” if you like what I do, and I feel badly if you don't like what I do), while encouragement teaches internal validation, (I use self-evaluation to determine how I feel about what I do).
Avoid Rewards in the Classroom
While rewards may be a quick way to motivate students, it is important to stop and think, “What are students learning when they receive rewards?” Research has shown that rewards are not effective long-term and in fact can be harmful to students. The rewards become more important than the inner satisfaction of learning and contribution.