TES is reporting that pupils’ concentration improves when teachers use positive praise instead of reprimands, according to new research.
The three-year study of 2,536 children aged between 5 and 12 at schools across three US states, found that in classes where more praise was used, pupils spent longer concentrating on their lesson or task.
Researchers, led by Paul Caldarella at Brigham Young University, Utah, examined the number of praise statements teachers gave, compared with the number of reprimands – the praise-to-reprimand (PRR) ratio – and the impact this had on pupils.
However, Tom Bennett, the Department for Education’s behaviour tsar, said it was a mistake for teachers not to use mild sanctions at times.
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