• Praise, rather than punish, to see
up to 30% greater focus in the
classroom
Source: Taylor Francis Group
Summary: To improve behavior in class, teachers
should focus on praising children for good
behavior, rather than telling them off for
being disruptive, according to study.
Somehow that's
not so surprising
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    • But telling them off for disrupting is necessary discipline. Unless u want a bunch of ignorant fucks in society
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    • This works for almost any situation where there is a superior over subordinates
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    • In the study, the results suggested that students showed 20% to 30% more focus during classes when teachers were required to consider the number of praise statements that they’ve given, rather than the number of reprimands. It focused on 2,536 school children living in three US states.
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    • Notice how the world gets more “no don’t punish them” the more ignorant and unpleasant and stupid people get. Discipline is a very important part of growing up, as much as praise.
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    • No, we need both. Children should be praised when doing the right thing and punished and taught when not. End of story, idk why this is hard
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    • In recent news, iFunny comments dont like this study because kids bad and loud, so you have to spank them
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    • Absolutely praise good behavior so kids develop the mindset for it. But disciplining them when they’re knowingly in the wrong is equally essential
      Cremes 22 jun
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    • Had a teacher like that. He would never get onto a student, he would just ask them nicely to join the class or keep it down so everyone else can learn. He let us have our phones in class, etc. Everyone respected him and tried hard in his class. Sometimes he would reward us with a game and (cont.)
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    • There's a difference between "hey, maybe say 'good job' when they genuinely did something good" and "omg, shower them in praise when they breath" and "beat them if they step put of line. Leave no survivors"
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    • Yeah pretty much. If all you ever do is point out my mistakes eventually I'm just not going to give a fuck anymore because it means nothing.
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    • Don't say no all the time to a child, tell them to do something else instead. Make their energy constructive, because if you only block it coming out, it will end up destructive.
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    • Orrr ya know... Kids may actually need a balance of both so they become good people
      weby113 22 jun
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    • Why not both?
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    • It’s almost like people are happier and therefor more motivated whenever someone in a position of power over them isn’t yelling at them. This is why I use rewards instead of punishment in everything down to training my dogs. The only time I punish is extreme situations like when my dogs fight
      VibeTest 22 jun
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    • This works AMAZINGLY with toddlers. For every one bad thing, tell them four good things about themselves. "You can't stuff toys there! But I admire your motivation and imagination in coming up with the plan, as well as using some physics to accomplish the task."
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    • Praise when they do well, discipline when needed? It’s not hard
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    • What?? Positive reinforcement works??
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    • Paddle the girls in front of everyone for max focus
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    • I’m the opposite tbh. I’m not strong willed enough to change how I act based off of compliments. I had this one teacher who kept complementing me and telling me when I was focusing really good and I just felt guilty every time I was being a douche but I never stopped
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    • Now imagine your teacher in your safe suburb. Now imagine a bad teacher in the hood where they basically have no funding and lead us down a path where we are used to getting punished, engrain in our head and then some of us in end up in jail or dead because we were misled. Our education system sucks
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    • Ok but you also can’t praise them in that super fake teachery way where they put on the high pitched “kid voice” and make a point of saying it loud enough for the whole class to hear. Kids pick up on that fake ass shit
      noonbee 22 jun
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    • Too many disruptive kids. Cant spend the precious time praising the low percentage of good behavior.
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    • You need both to form functioning people who can go out and do the same in society.
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    • Someone please find this article and tell me the title so I can take a look
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    • To bad it doesn’t work
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    • People are just too far focused on downgrading each other to see who people really are
      zroku 22 jun
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    • Okay but if they're genuinely being disrespectful.
      L3465 22 jun
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    • find the book "How to wind freinds and Influence People" then read chapter two for a more in depth explanation if your curious
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    • Positive reinforcement
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    • So in other words you want to be praised for doing what's expected of you? News flash that's not how the world works. Your boss won't praise you for doing your job it's what is expected of you. But he will kick your ass the day you screw up
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    • But i think if the teacher was like o look at todd he s so behaved. All the class would make fun of him for being gay.
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    • No fucking shit
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    • Yeah um when that happens the good praised kid gets bullied and called a teachers pet. But what I want to know is if your dog shit in the house every day telling them good job is going to make them better? Because you cant praise someone for bad things and in my experience people praise the good...
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    • No fucking shit Sherlock. It's almost like positive reinforcement works just as well as negative reinforcement. While you're at it, tell that to the parents who flip out over a single D on a report card full of A's and B's
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    • teachers:
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    • Why protest should also praise good cops
      B2Pprod 22 jun
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    • Children continue the behavior that gives them the most attention
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    • Tell this to my 6th grade English teacher. Fuck you Mr. Plager
      dude101 22 jun
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    • Who would have thought?
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    • No, it is giving praise for actually doing something correct. Not just a general practice.
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    • i always hated the warped idea of “support” parents hold like only praising your kid for doing super great but if theyre sad or not doing well and really need actual constructive support, if they only hear “do better, why are u bad at this, fix it or else” instead of at least trying to figure out
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    • That is what I live by
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    • Some kids are submissive and dumb, and therefore they need a firm, borderline abusive hand. These kids later grow up to be authoritarians
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    • God the one thing I hate about iFunny is how everyone thinks their an expert at whatever the feature is talking about
      muscleman 22 jun
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    • It's almost like a baisic psych class could have solved this problem
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    • this is true for most walks of life, especially applies to our criminal justice system
      Groudon 22 jun
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    • yup, same thing for raising kids. Also animals. basically most living things.
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    • The class I focused on the most in was 8th grade science. And everyone was always talking. The teacher only made the class shut up if someone raised their hand. He gave us college levels of work and we had to hand write packets of analysis and data. Best and hardest class I took before college
      reaper699 22 jun
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    • When teachers see stuff like this
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    • Here comes the boomers that are gonna call everyone pussies because they were raised by parents that mildly abused them
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    • Teachers don’t know how to engage
      Coppers 22 jun
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    • There have been many, many studies and as a 20-year elementary teacher I can say it is 100% true.
      lovegum 22 jun
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    • My favorite teacher was Mr. Hicks. He was a southern biker dude with a beard who used to be in hell's Angel's. Man was strict, you did not misbehave in his class, and he was also kind and forgiving if you were respectful to him
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    • That makes sense because usually when a kid acts out is because they want attention, so you’re giving attention to good behavior
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    • 🤔🤔 positive reinforcement??? They Never heard of her.
      NunyaNono 22 jun
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    • I can safely say avatar was a awesome series
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    • I told my favorite English teacher that she’s the first one to give me compliments on my papers. She was utterly surprised that no one else had done that before. Yeah she received district teacher of the year shortly after
      datyou 22 jun
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    • Used to do public school but after a few years i told my mom i didn't like it. Did some homeschooling then did a co-op where all the teachers are super kind moms. I can attest that I'm smarter then most of my public school friends, and only partly depressed compared to them👍.
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    • That's pretty much basic psychology, rewards are much more effective than punishments. That's why people are saying you shouldn't spank kids because A it's ineffective and B it can cause some long term relationship issues with your child
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    • Nurtured heart approach. It’s tough and a 180 change, but worth it. It’s easy and natural to yell and try to correct bad behavior, but you CANNOT make someone do anything. “Bad kids” thrive on any attention, even negative.
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    • Also Katara tells Toph to do this when training Aang
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    • Reality is. Different stuff works for different people. Some ifs respond to praise. Some only respond to punishment. A good teacher or leader will use the right one for the right person
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    • Who would’ve thought that attention whores like bad attention as much as good attention
      GryffinTG 22 jun
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    • Now make people do it at work
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    • If the only interaction you have with a kid is to discipline them they're gonna just learn how to be bad sneaky. Praise them for good behavior and they'll strive to be good! But also punish then when needed. It's a balance, don't focus too much on one end.
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    • Who could've guessed feeling good makes you feel good :/
      Otakezt 22 jun
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    • People take shit to literally. It doesn't mean stop punishing ignorant MF's, it means reward people who are doing well instead of just ignoring their efforts.
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    • Can confirm. Teachers that rewarded good behavior and offered after hours for students to makeup credit they lost got the whole class being teachers pets
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    • It's scientifically proven that praising the effort over the result makes people more productive. Ex. "You worked really hard on that, I'm proud" VS "You're so smart!"
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    • Got me thinking bout the cops
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    • But how do you praise good behavior without unnecessarily disrupting the class yourself? You become the very thing you wish to destroy.
      nathax1 22 jun
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    • Hey that was published on my birthday this year
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    • Children thrive more on positive encouragement.
      depezblob 22 jun
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    • There’s only so many times over so many years that a study comes out with very clear data suggesting positive reinforcement is notably more successful at getting desired behavior before y’all are gonna have to accept its not “being a pansy” or “not gonna teach them”, it just fucking WORKS.
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    • Praise and punishment are both necessary for proper parenting
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    • Kid: *throws chair across room* teacher: "I praise you for being such a strong boy"
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    • If you need a study to show you this, you should not work in education.
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    • Remember when a "disruptive" or "difficult" kid was labeled ADD and they just threw drugs at them to calm them down but they gave a fourth grader ADDERALL?
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    • Nope
      usp40cal 22 jun
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    • I think avatar is an ok show to me
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    • We tried that experiment, now those kids have grown up and are tearing up cities
      mofotyler 22 jun
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    • Meh, just go 50 50. Praise and punishment at equal ammounts. The world aint too easy but it aint the worst
      Minun 22 jun
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    • "Sorry jimmy I know you want to focus but the school says I can't punish kids for jumping on their desks and screaming like retarded banshees."
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    • What if your student is crazy and needs to go down?
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    • Avatar FUNNNYYYYYYYYYY
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    • But if you dont discipline them then theyll think they can get away with anything. One of the teachers at my school either quit or got fired because he couldnt control the class (obviously not for just that but that was the root of the problem)
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    • Making them kneel in rice or beating them works too.
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    • But aren’t those the teachers that get pushed around?
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    • Fuck off, beat the bad kids in front of the other students
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    • Still punish them for doing awful shit though
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    • Post written by the retard in 4th grade that was sent outside for throwing pencils and blames the education system
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    • Fuck that
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    • Yeah it doesn’t work lmfao
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    • Bring back the paddle. Spank those little fucks! Look at our society now, full of pussies and assholes
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    • Removing consequences for negative behavior while giving rewards for positive behavior teaches 2 things. 1.) Positive behavior is good. 2.) Actions only have repercussions for positive behavior. Youll end up teaching kids that only good deeds get noticed so there's no reason not to behave negatively
      EchoTree 22 jun
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