Lesson 10: Giving Encouragement

Stable, positive classroom environments do not just happen. They are created through intentionality and hard work. A primary factor in the building of positive relationships between a teacher and his students is the constant, purposeful use of encouragement. Encouragement is essential to the psychological and educational growth of children.

It is important to clear up a popular misconception regarding the word encouragement. Many people use the terms “praise” and “encouragement” interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. Praise focuses on a student’s achievements while encouragement focuses on a student‟s efforts to achieve. That concept is so important that it bears repeating. Praise compliments the results while encouragement compliments the effort.

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