RESEARCHERS studying classroom behaviour say that pupils focus more if teachers hand out more praise.
The scientists in America sat in on 151 classes in 19 different schools with kids aged 5-12. They say that in the classes where teachers used praise much more than punishment, pupils focused up to 20-30% longer.
Dr Paul Caldarella, the study leader, says that teachers usually tell pupils off more than praise them, but that this can have a negative effect on classroom behaviour. He says that praise helps to boost kids’ self-esteem and confidence.
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