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Three MORE Ways to Make Praise More Effective

Way back in August 2017, we published a blog post titled ‘Three Ways to Make Praise More Effective’… 

Three Ways to Make Praise More Effective


We received a lot of POSITIVE comments regarding the article and so, we’ve taken 3 more ‘Praise Enhancers’ from our FIVE STAR rated ‘Classroom Management Success’ Book and shared them with you here! So once more, here are some ways of improving praise so that it creates the kind of positive changes you want to see in your challenging students…


Effective Praise Enhancer # 1

If you want praise to change a child they’ve got to feel it – it has to be SINCERE. 

Most students can recognise fake praise from a hundred yards away – and they don’t like it. If you can’t say it with honesty, it’s best not to say anything at all. Remember: praise comes from the heart, flattery comes from the teeth.


Effective Praise Enhancer # 2

Be aware that praise is often more effective on a 1:1 basis 

I know I’ve already mentioned this but it’s worth repeating. Some students (a surprisingly large proportion) don’t like receiving praise in front of other people. For whatever reason – some just can’t accept compliments very well so you have more chance of your praise being well-received if you give it out of earshot of the rest of the students. Catch them on the way out of the door or call them over to a quiet corner of the room. Praise is much more sincere when it’s a private affair. 


Effective Praise Enhancer # 3

Make them reflect on their efforts 

Some people lavish praise on students for literally anything and everything in the hope that a torrent of positive words will raise their self-esteem and motivate them. 

But praise is more effective when we get students to stop and reflect on what they’ve done. By getting them to pause and think about their efforts we encourage them to recognise and evaluate the feelings associated with positive action. If they enjoy these feelings, there is more chance they will want to repeat the actions – for themselves, and not just to please someone else. One way we can do this is to simply ask a question about their efforts…

“Jonny stop and look at your work a minute. Tell me what you think of what you’ve done today.”

“Hey Jonny, now that everything has settled down, how do you feel to have got over that difficult problem? What skills did you use to resolve it? How does it feel knowing that you can use those same skills next time you are confronted with a problem like this?


I hope you enjoy using these strategies with your students. I took them directly from my book ‘Classroom Management Success in 7 Days or Less.’

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