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A&F Toolkit - Effective Praise

Praise must (over time………)

  • Be precise and used when deserved.

  • Motivate and promote a ‘growth mind-set’ by praising the effective use of learning behaviours or strategies. Students need a repertoire of approaches—not just sheer effort—to learn and improve. 

  • Encourage students to try new strategies and seek help from others when they are stuck. (E.g. “Let’s talk about what strategies you have tried, and what strategy you can try next time.”)

  • Award Commendations, where appropriate, in response to the work undertaken in class or at home (using commendation annotations CE, CB, CA, CD, CH).

  • When work is excellent, it is commended and feedback given should add challenge and pose questions to deepen understanding.




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