Monday, June 20, 2011

Power of Praise

As teachers we are put in a profound position to use praise in powerful ways. I ran across this poem that is a great reminder of my role in a child's life.

Give a Child

Give a child a great education
You give them the world
Give a child science and math
You give them access
Give a child a sense of wonder
You give them joy
Give a child poetry, paint, aluminum foil and sparkles
You give them creativity
Give a child accountability
You give them integrity
Give a child an understanding of spirit
You give them faith
Give a child an entire community
You give them responsibility
Give a child your undivided time
You give them security
Give a child a life by example
You give them a map for success
Give a child hugs
You give them love!

Author Debora Short

Grab a copy of "Words to Praise" and remember a pinch of praise packs a powerful punch!
How do you use praise in the classroom?


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I love how you used little hearts for the bullets! I try to be encouraging with my students and work on teaching them to do the same with one another!
    Thanks, Nancy

    The Apple Basket Teacher

  2. My little sister had an exceptional teacher who always put awesome words of praise on her papers. I imagine she had a list to reference too. It made such an impact that I even remember it years later!

    A Whole Brain Teacher

  3. Thanks for the list. It's great to have loads of ideas in the one place. I find I tend to use the same words of praise way too often!


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