Have you ever thought about how you give praise and offer encouraging words? Is there a way to do this that promotes learning?
How can we use our words to foster the development of intrinsic motivation and a positive self-image in those we teach?
Think of a time when someone praised you for something you achieved or shared a word of encouragement. How did it make you feel? What do you remember about those moments?
Maybe you remember feeling appreciated or valued.
Maybe those words inspired you to keep going, to learn more, to challenge yourself to achieve greater things.
Maybe you remember feeling special and proud of yourself.
Praise is a powerful tool and one that we as educators can use to equip and empower those we teach to be the best they can be.