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Key idea: praise vs. encouragement. It may seem like semantics, but choosing to encourage instead of praise can make big differences in your students’ performance and resilience in the face of challenge

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1) Key idea: praise vs.
encouragement. It may seem like semantics, but choosing to encourage
instead of praise can make big differences in your students’ performance
and resilience in the face of challenge. (Carol Dweck is a current
theorist who is very popular in the media right now for her work in this
area, called “Mindsets”.) See https://www.positivediscipline.com/articles/encouragement-vs-praise-teachersLinks to an external site. for a nice summary of the differences and this article for some
additional concrete examples. When working with children, which method
do you tend to use more? What are a couple of specific ways you might
you “tweak” your own language to become more encouragement-based?
2) Is
there a teacher or other person in your life who has helped you to
develop resiliency – the ability to get up and try again when you fail
at something? What is one concrete way you could help to promote a
culture of resiliency in your specific classroom / practice?
3) When
you were growing up, what types of reinforcement did you have related
to your school grades, either from parents or from others in your life?
Were they positive or negative? How did those reinforcers affect your
school academic performance? (Key theorist: Skinner)

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