Don’t Praise the Child!

David Gurteen:

Too many students ‘get by’ and seek tactics that lead to good marks not good learning.
‘Never praise a child, praise what they did’ says Professor Black, and by this he meant praise the work of the learner and not the learner.
To praise the student encourages two ideas that are powerfully corrosive in learning; a) the idea that it’s all down to ability b) the idea that the ‘teacher’ likes me.