While working with families and educators, I often caution against praising students for being “smart” or “athletic”. Studies show that praise for innate abilities often leads to anxiety, caution, and avoidance of challenges. Instead, praise students for things like effort, strategies they use, things they can change, and mastering skills. This article by Gwen Dwar, Ph.D. gives some additional guidelines for ways to use praise effectively.
The effects of praise: What scientific studies reveal
What are the effects of praise? Praise can motivate…but it can be harmful, too….just as your grandmother… [Read More]