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Why use Positive Feedback?

Why use Positive Feedback?

Giving children positive feedback is considered developmental appropriate practice. As an adult who would you rather work for, someone who is constantly reinforcing your efforts or someone who is constantly putting you down and making inappropriate comments? That answer is pretty simple; we would choose positive feedback every time. Giving positive feedback creates a sense of excitement and the words “good job” can put a smile on the face of a child and build their confidence. Children excel if given positive feedback or reinforcement. If the children you care for do the right thing, praise them and if they do something incorrectly redirect them, do not destroy them by yelling at them.

It is equally important to give non-verbal feedback as it is to give verbal feedback. As a caregiver you need to smile, be upbeat, enthusiastic, and excited about teaching. There is no place for folded arms, rolling your eyes, or the “poopy face” in teaching. Facial expressions and body reactions are just as important and can be just as costly as any comment you might make in your classroom.

Verbal Positive feedback…

  • “You have really learned how to…”

  • “You must feel proud of yourself for…”

  • “Excellent idea for…”

  • “You’ve done a wonderful job at…”

  • “You have worked so hard…”

  • “Look how well s/he did at…”

  • “That’s a cool way to …”

  • “I’m so appreciative that you…”

  • “It really pleases me when you…”

  • “You are a real problem solver for…”

  • “Brilliant thinking for…”

  • “Give me an EXTRA HUGE high five for…”

Non-verbal Positive feedback…

  • Pat on the back

  • Smile

  • Laughing

  • Eye Contact

  • Good Posture

  • High Five

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