What is Positive Reinforcement?
Positive reinforcement is the encouragement that follows good behavior. It is done in order to emphasize the positivity of the action. As a consequence, the person feels encouraged to repeat the positive action that earned the praise in the first place.
How Positive Reinforcement Helps
✰ Positive reinforcement encourages repetition of good deeds committed by the student.
✰ It makes the students aware of where their strengths lie, and capitalize on them.
✰ Specific praise helps the student understand the dos and don'ts better than listening to someone lecture about it.
✰ While it is definitely important not to ignore negative actions, continued encouragement for positive actions can have long-standing effects.
Positive reinforcement is a good way of bringing about a sense of decorum in the classroom, and teachers would do well to incorporate these techniques in their daily interactions with students. The results may not be reflected with immediate effect, but they will definitely take shape in the long run.
By Charlie S
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