July 5, 2014

How to Show Appreciation

Show sincere appreciation when the student does something right.

Singling teens out for bad behavior often causes rebellion to save face. Teens also tend to be embarrassed and act out when singled out of a group for positive reinforcement, so direct your comments to the group. You can say something broad such as, “You are an incredibly creative group!” or something more direct such as, “That is a well-thought-out answer. That was nicely discussed and presented. Well done.”

Another way to show appreciation for a job well done (the “hit and run” method) is to talk to the student privately after class, then send them immediately away (to church) so that they will not feel put on the spot when receiving the compliment.