This is part of a series of posts from nominees and nominators for our LifeChanger of the Year educator recognition program. We meet scores of fascinating LifeChangers every year who have interesting perspectives to share about children, education and life.

A little praise goes a long way at school.

I’ve concluded that incorporating positive reinforcement into the classroom as an effective educator is essential for three reasons.

First, it boosts student engagement and buy-in to what you are teaching because they associate a positive reward with you and the material you are teaching.

Second, students will feel safe and cared for in the learning environment which will increase their productivity and ability to learn because of that security they feel.

Third, the teacher experiences a positive interaction with a student and most likely enjoys giving positive rewards and accolades to students rather than negative corrections. So, the teacher enjoys their job and becomes more productive and effective.