Importance Of Teacher Praise

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A single extrinsic motivator that has been discussed in depth and widely debated over the years is that of praise. Praise is used in many contexts in schools by educators as a predominant motivator, from verbal recognition, for example, ‘Wow what a great question’ or ‘Good job’, through to rewards like stickers for young children, as well as certificates of recognition for all age groups. The term praise comes from the Latin verb pretiare, this can literally be translated to mean, to highly value. Foundation phase teachers often find themselves using praise and rewards as a predominant motivator in the classroom, not realising that this system if motivation can demotivate learners “due to their sense of autonomy being threatened”
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