Fires in the Mind

TIP! Encourage publicly and privately

Students want their efforts to be acknowledged, but (especially in early adolescence) they often have ambivalent feelings about being praised in front of peers. Brandie liked that her middle school English teacher posted encouraging notes about student work on a bulletin board at every week’s end. “She’d fold the notes up with your name on them, so nobody else could read them,” Brandie said. What are some creative ways you have found to give positive and personal feedback to students?