What is encouragement? Encouragement is non-judgment. Encouraging statements point out specific facts but do not evaluate them. Phrases such as ‘You worked really hard today’ or ‘You should be proud of yourself’ are examples of non-judgmental encouragement. Students who are encouraged tend to develop a stronger self-motivation and pride in their work because the encouragement focuses on what they are doing well, not what the teacher thinks about their work. By encouraging your students, you will give them more confidence and you will also give them motivation to work hard. You will also help the students to learn more and develop pride in their achievements!
Why is encouragement better than praise?
- The students will learn how to evaluate themselves without comparing themselves to others! What they think about themselves is more important than what others think about them!
2. Encouragement focuses on EFFORT. This builds up a students self-esteem.
3. It sets up students for success. It makes them believe in themselves!
- You’re on the right track now.
2. You’ve worked so hard on that.
3. That’s great.
4. That turned out very well.
5. That’s coming along nicely.
6. I’m proud of the way you worked today.
7. You’ve just about got it.
8. That’s the best you’ve ever done.
9. I am so proud of you!
10. That’s it!
11. Now you’ve figured it out!
12. That’s quite an improvement.
13. I knew you could do it!!
15. I love when you work hard.
16. Believe in yourself!.
17. You’ve solved the problem. Well done!
18. Keep working on it, you’re almost there!
19. Now you have it!
20. Your are working hard, you figured that out quickly.
21. I bet you’re proud of yourself.
22. One more time and you’ll have it.
23. Great idea!
24. That was brilliant!
25. Terrific teamwork!
26. Nothing can stop you now.
27. You have such creative ideas.
28. That’s the way to do it.
30. You must have been practicing.
31. You handled that so well.
32. I like how you think.
33. Good remembering.
34. You know just what to do!
35. You really are persisting with this.
36. You expressed yourself so well.
37. You did it!
38. I knew ye could figure it out together.
39. Excellent effort!
40. I know it’s hard, but you’re almost there.
41. Fantastic problem-solving!
42. I love hearing your ideas.
43. You made an excellent point there!
44. I know that was hard for you, but you stayed so calm.
45. I am so proud of you!
46. Look how you help each other.
47. You finished faster because you worked together.
48. You kept trying!
49. You made an excellent point!
50. I believe in you!