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11.17.16 A Great Example of the PIPP–Private Individual Precise Praise–from Chile

One of our favorite classroom moves is the PIPP…Positive Individual Precise Praise, a name that has to make the final four of unwieldy names. The origin of this name came was that it comes from the Private Individual Correction (PIC). The idea is that if you have to correct a student on their behavior or effort during a lesson,…


01.25.16 On Praise: Carol Dweck and Beyond

I love Carol Dweck’s work and think Mindset should be required reading for educators, particularly as a guide to giving positive reinforcement to students.  To summarize briefly, she describes how important a growth rather than fixed mindset is to children in determining how much they learn.  If they love difficulty and challenge, if they say not,…


04.10.13 How Positive Framing and Precise Praise Fit Together

I’m writing from the C-terminal at O’Hare where I’m sitting out a 5-hour delay getting back home to Albany.  Ever get that feeling that for every hour that passes another hour is going to be added to your delay?   Anyway, I’m coming home from Colorado where I had the honor of leading a workshop for a…