Praise and Expectations 1

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  • Who can tell me one of the causes of the Spanish-American War?
  • Yellow Journalism!
  • Good job, Sam! You sure are smart!
  • Mr. Y. affirms Sam's answer as correct and praises him as smart But is this the most effective form of praise? What if Mr. Y. tried another way?
  • But in fact this is not the most effective form of praise. What if Mr. Y. tried something different?
  • I see you've mastered some of the college-level language, Sam. Can you explain what Yellow Journalism was?
  • Um, wasn't it, like where the Battleship Maine blew up?
  • Okay, I can see you're getting close. Can anyone help us make the connection between the Maine blowing up and the this term "Yellow Journalism"?
  • (Jill: off-screen): Isn't it that the Maine blew up and the newspaper owners in New York decided to use it as a way to start a war and so sell more newspapers?
  • Did everyone hear what Jill said? Here, let me write it up on the board so we can all have a closer look at it.
  • Mr. Y. writes Jill's answer on the board and asks the class to find the definition of Yellow Journalism.
  • By giving this open-ended, "nudging" form of praise, Mr. Y. has moved the discussion into deeper waters.
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