Spare the scolding, praise them instead, teachers told

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Spare the scolding, praise them instead, teachers told

As SA teachers increasingly come under attack by pupils, praise may be a powerful tool in their arsenal, study suggests

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To improve behaviour in the classroom, teachers should focus on praising children for good behaviour instead of telling them off for being disruptive.

Researchers spent three years observing more than 2,500 US schoolchildren, aged five to 12.

The study, published in Educational Psychology, found that children were shown to focus on tasks up to 20% to 30% more when teachers were required to consider the number of praise statements given compared with the number of reprimands...

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