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Are We Turning Our Students into Praise Junkies? Really?

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On the blogosphere these days you can read various opinions, along with research, about how to use praise, or not, in teaching. Some are saying that, as depicted in the film “Whiplash” (which strikes me as a horror film to be seen if only to learn what NOT to do), the popular praise, “good job,” is harmful to our students. One blogger claims these words are actually discouraging and will make students into “praise junkies.” Another says we should take pains to be precise and specific in correcting and praising their playing and that telling our students “good job” is deleterious to their learning experience

Does the problem, however, lie in the praise itself or in how and why we use it? Continue reading

9 March 2015