Acknowledging and praising is a skill that supports and maintains positive student behaviour.

About this skill

Verbal or non-verbal acknowledgement should be used frequently to recognise students demonstrating expected behaviours. Praise emphasises the effort students have made to exceed behaviour expectations specific to them.

Effective classroom management creates safe and supportive learning environments for all students. This practice guide is part of a suite of foundational resources for beginning teachers, teachers working in new environments, or experienced teachers who want to refine or refresh specific elements of their classroom management practice. They can be used to individually reflect on and refine one’s own practice, or as shared resources to support mentoring and other collaborative and whole-school approaches to improving classroom management.

Related practice resources to refine other skills focus on circulation, clear communication, deliberately pausing, non-verbal correction, scanning and voice control.

See Classroom management resources: User guide for more information.

Keywords: student engagement, disruption, disruptive behaviour