Quick Tips: Choice and Praise

Ever wonder how to help a child feel successful and confident in their learning? Here are a two things I’ve practiced that make a big difference.


Give them a choice: Allow students to choose what they’d like to learn about within realistic dimensions. Does anyone like to be told exactly what to do? No. Empower students to enter the inquiry process by giving them options.

Appropriate Praise: We all appreciate a heartfelt compliment, especially when we’ve been working hard on something! Take the time to look at the hard work a student is doing and find something that you are genuinely proud of them for accomplishing. It doesn’t have to be a huge compliment, and it most certainly shouldn’t be made up. There is always something that deserves praise in a child’s work.

The joy of learning. Together. 



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