Praise Phrases Other Than "I like.."

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  1. CherryOak

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    As a sub in the elementary world, I've gotten into the habit of using, "I like" too often. For example, "I like how this group has their desks cleared and is ready to go." It's certainly not the end of the world, but I do understand the criticism of how I personally feel about their choices shouldn't matter. I'm trying to switch to "I've noticed..." or "I see..." phrases. What other positive praise phrasings should I consider? What do you find yourself saying often?
     
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    These are good.

    "Thank you, (name), for ___" works but it's still connected to making the teacher happy. "I appreciate that (name) is ___" is another choice.

    I use all of the above phrases. Instead of saying "I see (name) is ___" I'm more likely to just say, "Katie put her name on her paper. Jacob is writing neatly. Mica and Ahmad are working quietly on question 2." Getting rid of the "I see" or "I like" helps simplify language and get right to the point. It is also very effective in my experience!
     
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    I've been working on just stating the observation without my perception attatched.

    "You used capitals appropriately."

    "Roxie is standing with her arms folded."
     
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    You can sometimes leave the personal pronoun "I" off and make definitive statements, such as:
    • Very good!
    • Excellent!
    • This is great!
    • You're doing a great job
    • Look at the progress you're making!
    • Thank you for working quietly.
    • You've earned extra points.
    • I am so pleased...
    • I am so happy...
    • May I use your paper as an example
    • This is A+ work
    (I really like what Backroads stated above.)

    However, I have much more experience with terms for sit-down, get busy, and do your work:neutral:
     
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    Yes - especially when I notice someone else is forgetting, I'll narrate another student's good work to the class - "Jessie used a capital letter at the start of her sentence. Nick did too. What great work I'm seeing today." Usually upon hearing this, the student who I was first looking at erases the lowercase letter and fixes the start of his/her own sentence.
     
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    Thanks guys! These are helpful examples. I need to get straight to the point.
     

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