I fall victim to the “Good Job” curse more often than I care to admit. It’s such a hallow phrase, it’s unspecific and general…but it rolls off the tongue so easily when a student does something…well, good. - “Great job bud!” The truth is, a teacher’s words of encouragement often carry their students through challenging moments. Praise fills our tanks, the right set of words, at the perfect moment, wow, it’s like a jolt of energy. These moments with our students is what builds a strong foundational relationship, and new teachers building classroom management skills can definitely benefit from expanding their praise bank of praise phrases.
I try to be cognizant when giving praise and encouragement, taking a moment to choose my words carefully so that they are specific to the moment, AND the student. Want to work on this with me? Here are some of my favorite phrases to use with my kiddo’s:
You are so smart
You made a very careful choice
I have faith in you
I know that you can __________
_______ was a challenge, and you didn’t give up!
You are so resilient
I believe in you
I see that you are working incredibly hard
I am curious, how would you solve this?
I am excited to see what you come up with
You make me smile
This warms my heart
I am confident you’ll come up with something
I knew you could ______
You were such a kind friend to _____ when _______
Ya know, everyone makes mistakes, what can you do different next time?
You are strong
I love your confidence
You’re a careful thinker
You’re showing me that you’re a careful listener
You’re so helpful