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?


3 comments:

  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

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  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!

    Allison
    A Whole Brain Teacher

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  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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