Discussion board two: using praise in the early childhood classroom

The Assignment

According to the text, pgs: 52-53, praise is an intangible form of reinforcement that can be used ineffectively. Also, there is information on how to use praise ethically and effectively. Click on the link provided:  Five Reasons to Stop Saying.docx 

Read what Alfie Kohn has to say about praise in his article: “Five Reasons to Stop Saying “Good Job”. After reading the article discuss your ideas with your classmates by focusing on the 3 following questions:

Do you agree with Kohn’s ideas on praise?

Should teachers use praise in the classroom? How should it be used to be effective?

Think of a time when you used praise with a child. Judge whether the praise was necessary. Decide whether the praise was effectively stated.

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