Imagine your child came home with their school report and all it said was, "well done, good work". What would you think? I would think how is this useful? I want to know why my is child good at and why?
When I worked as a teacher, we had the dreaded OFSTED visit. If all we said to a child was, "well done, good work", we would have failed. To help the children get better we had to tell them, why their work was good and give ideas about how to improve. I have made this card below to help you understand what type of praise is good praise.
Fact Based Praise Card
The Mooki Cards contain a “Fact Based Praise” card. To help give a dyslexic child useful praise. Use the card below on your phone or tablet for free!
Giving a child praise is very important. It helps to motivate them to learn more and builds their confidence.
Telling a child "well done" is a nice thing to do, it is a form of "praise". Yet for them to do better, they need "fact based praise". To be told "why", their work is good.
Fact based praise includes feedback about how well the child is doing. Explaining what is good about their work, with suggestions about how to improve. This helps the child to get better, giving them ideas to try in the future.
Positive Praise - When giving a child feedback about their work, use lots of praise and be positive. Try to focus on what they have done well. Suggest what they could try to improve, rather than pointing out all their mistakes.
What is Good? - When giving praise start by say what is good. Such as, "your spelling has improved, you have got 3/10 this week, well done!".
Why it is Good? - Follow by saying why the child's work is good. Say, "I can see that you have been practising your spellings at home. This week you spelt "King" correctly, with a "K" instead of a "C".
Try this Next - Suggest to the child ideas to get even better. For learning spellings, they could try the "Rule of 10" method.