While reprimands are the dominant classroom management strategy of most educators, praise is actually much more effective. Simple interventions such as the University of Kansas’ CW-FIT program can have a tremendous impact on student learning by increasing and improving instruction time.
Mistake-based “corrective” feedback is effective with students from cultural backgrounds characterized by high power distance and collectivism, but counter-productive in opposite cultural contexts, new study finds.
A positive school climate is known to “serve as a catalyst of optimal academic outcomes” (all quotes are from the study referenced below.) However, because of its encompassing and diffuse nature, this crucial factor of a school’s effectiveness (the quality of its “climate”) can be hard to define and manipulate. According to a recent study on the subject, one of its most important dimensions could be: perceived school kindness.