Praise and Expectations 1
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Who can tell me one of the causes of the Spanish-American War?
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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