Just the other day…I was cruising down the hallway at my school and I landed on the business end of 3 outstanding compliments in the span of about 5 minutes. These compliments were totally unsolicited and really hit the spot! I felt an adrenaline rush for the remainder of the day as a result. I’ll bet you’ve experienced an unexpected compliment, or two. Didn’t you feel like it was Christmas morning?
Unfortunately, many are reluctant to praise their fellow man. What a pity. Don’t just think, Wow…my buddy is looking really fit. Tell them! They probably need to hear it and it will inspire them to keep working out.
When it comes to students, teachers frequently compliment kids on their academic efforts, but how about expanding our repertoire? That’s what this episode is about. Two of my original sources…Freshmen Catherine Cook and Audrey Justice will explain the power of teachers paying kids compliments.
I’m going to promote a systematic, premeditated, and public way to do just that. The verbal praise coupon is a way to bond with your kids, make them feel great, and perhaps elevate them in the eyes of their peers. If you’re tired of awarding the same old extra credit, this episode is for you.
People are too stingy with compliments.
Distribute verbal praise coupons instead of extra credit.
What you can do Tomorrow:
- Create some verbal praise coupons.
- Designate some target students that you know will be receptive.
The verbal praise coupon is a great way to bond with your kids while making them feel great in the process.