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Encouragement, praise and rewards

Posted by Lisa Hill on June 11, 2009

Today I stumbled on a really interesting article about the place of encouragement, praise and rewards in the classroom on the UK TES site. The article is called Good for You and it explores some research that says praising students for a job well done may be counter-productive in the long run…. 

Punishment, we all know, rarely solves anything and most of us spend our teaching day encouraging, praising and rewarding students in order to try and help them achieve their goals…

But what if we are creating a culture that precludes children from developing a sense of pride or satisfaction from a job well done? What if ‘rewards inflation’ means that children are no longer content with a sticker or a smile?

Read the article, it’s food for thought.

(Had to laugh about the schools that were offering iPods and mountain bikes and spending £30,000 on rewards!  Imagine having a school budget that meant you could afford to do that!)

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