Effective Practices

Precise Praise

I-7, I-9, I-10



When a student’s behavior is clearly defiant, quietly approach the student and quickly remind him/her of the appropriate classroom expectation without calling attention to the student. 

Quick Tips

Try making eye contact, moving closer to the student if it appears natural, and smile when giving specific praise such as, “Johnny, great job bringing your supplies today!”

Consider privately praising students who do not respond well to public praise for fear of being teased. 


Positive Praise: Short Term Results at the Expense of Long Term Success

Using Praise to Enhance Student Resilience and Learning Outcomes 


Other Strategies