Taking a critical look at praise

A pat on the back may seem like common sense, but some argue it could actually damage motivation

Most teachers would admit that even if they are inclined to focus on the negative, they would like to praise students more. And so they should: a few words of praise for a student who is doing the right thing, or making an effort, is an essential part of a teacher’s repertoire. Right?

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