Beaman and Wheldall also insisted on the fact that children receiving positive verbal feedback tended to be more on task and therefore less disruptive than children who received little. (2000)

There are plenty of ways to give positive feedback. Of course the verbal use of praise is one of the most common but your non-verbal intervention can also be very positive for the learning in your class. If you want to praise an achievement you may think about using expressions such as “Well done, you did the task really well!” “Excellent, you have settled down really quickly and you are ready to work with all your material.” “Good job, now you can work on the extension task” or simply clap your hands in an encouraging way.

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Your comments also need to be genuine and specific.

Keep in mind that using a positive language has to be consistent and used regularly to generate an impact on your class. It also needs to be individualized. Use your students’ names when using praise. If you are dealing with a shy student a positive feedback out loud may just have as a consequence to embarrass him or her. So, try to offer the praise in close physical proximy to avoid embarrassment. On the contrary a whole class feedback for a low self-esteem student can be a great tool if your student is a bit of a show-off. Your comments also need to be genuine and specific. If your praise is exaggerated your students will automatically feel that it is excessive and you may lose the trust they had put in you. Another tip to try when you are praising your class, always stand on the same spot in your classroom and smile or nod to show your approval. When you are not happy though with their work or attitude move from your praise spot to your warning spot and cross your arms using a harsh look to show your disagreement.

Non-verbal praise can also be used as a complement to positive verbal feedback. Use body language as much as you can. You can clap your hands to gently applause for a group project for example, use “thumbs-up” to celebrate achievements, nod to approve students’ feedback. Don’t forget to use your face as a means to convey feelings. For instance you can smile to encourage continuation or frown to show that you are expecting more.

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