Going through the praise withdrawal

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  1. Rebecca Zook says:

    Hey, thanks so much for the mention! I just stumbled across your blog today and am really looking forward to reading more. I think one of the big guidelines coming out of the new research is to praise the process — as you address at the end of this post.

    For example, I am working with a 5th grader right now on fractions. He came to me with a practice problem he had gotten wrong, but instead of telling him, it’s wrong and this is why, I said, why don’t you test out your ideas with your fraction manipulatives and see if it’s true or not? As we worked through the problem it became clear to him that his original answer was incorrect — but more importantly, I wanted to teach him that he doesn’t have to wait for me to explain something. He can try things out on his own and figure things out independently, even if that means going off-trail sometimes.

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