Praising Students Online

If teachers want to call out good work as a way of praising a student (the carrot is often more effective than the stick), there are several options.

  • Use a “gold star” image as a virtual sticker in the teacher’s response to students who went above and beyond.
  • Take note of interesting questions or responses and address them in the next synchronous class session or recording. “Sally mentioned on Tuesday . . .”
  • Screenshot a particularly good piece and incorporate the image into the slide deck for the next lesson, which helps serve as a study guide.
  • Send a note to the parent asking for written permission to display the student’s work on social media as an example of the good work done at the school.
  • Write a personal note to the student in that week’s discussion feedback.

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