How to Praise Your Students

Research shows that praise is more effective when you are specific in what you are praising the student for. For example, instead of saying, "You look pretty today," you might say, "I love that new dress!" Instead of, "Good job," you would say, "You had such wonderful detail in your picture." Below are both good and average examples of praise. See if you can spot the praise that is more effective.



  1. You're on the right track now!

  2. You've got it made.

  3. Super!

  4. That's right!

  5. That's good.

  6. You're really working hard today.

  7. You are very good at that.

  8. That's coming along nicely.

  9. Good work!

  10. I'm happy to see you working like that.

  11. That's much, much better!

  12. Exactly right.

  13. I'm proud of the way you worked today.

  14. You're doing that much better today.

  15. You've just about got it.

  16. That's the best you've ever done.

  17. You're doing a good job.

  18. That's it!

  19. Now you've figured it out.

  20. That's quite an improvement.

  21. Great!

  22. I knew you could do it.

  23. Congratulations!

  24. Not bad.

  25. Keep working on it. You're improving.

  26. Now you have it!

  27. You are learning fast.

  28. Good for you!

  29. Couldn't have done it better myself.

  30. Aren't you proud of yourself?

  31. One more time and you'll have it.

  32. You really make my job fun.

  33. That's the right way to do it.

  34. You're getting better every day.

  35. You did it that time!

  36. That's not half bad.

  37. Nice going.

  38. You haven't missed a thing!

  39. Wow!

  40. That's the way!

  41. Keep up the good work.

  42. Terrific!

  43. Nothing can stop you now.

  44. That's the way to do it.

  45. Sensational!

  46. You've got your brain in gear today.

  47. That's better.

  48. That was first class work.

  49. Excellent!

  50. That's the best ever.

  51. You've just about mastered it.

  52. Perfect!

  53. That's better than ever.

  54. Much better!

  55. Wonderful!

  56. You must have been practicing.

  57. You did that very well.

  58. Fine!

  59. Nice going.

  60. You're really going to town.

  61. Outstanding!

  62. Fantastic!

  63. Tremendous!

  64. That's how to handle that.

  65. Now that's what I call a fine job.

  66. That's great.

  67. Right on!

  68. You're really improving.

  69. You're doing beautifully!

  70. Superb!

  71. Good remembering.

  72. You've got that down pat.

  73. You certainly did well today.

  74. Keep it up!

  75. Congratulations. You got it right!

  76. You did a lot of work today.

  77. Well, look at you go.

  78. That's it.

  79. I'm very proud of you.

  80. Marvelous!

  81. I like that.

  82. Way to go!

  83. Now you have the hang of it.

  84. You're doing fine!

  85. Good thinking.

  86. You are really learning a lot.

  87. Good going.

  88. I've never seen anyone do it better.

  89. Keep on trying.

  90. You outdid yourself today!

  91. Good for you!

  92. I think you've got it now.

  93. That's a good (boy/girl).

  94. Good job, (person's name).

  95. You figured that out fast.

  96. You remembered!

  97. That's really nice.

  98. That kind of work makes me happy.

  99. It's such a pleasure to teach when you work like that.

  100. I think you're doing the right thing.

This list originally came from Career Lab

101 Ways To Say "Very Good!"

This list was made by students.

  1. I’m happy to see you working like that.

  2. You’ve just about mastered that.

  3. You’re really working hard today.

  4. I’m proud of the way you worked today.

  5. That’s the best you’ve ever done.

  6. You’re doing that much better

  7. Keep working on it. You’re good.

  8. Couldn’t have done it better myself.

  9. Now that’s what I call a fine job

  10. You must have been practicing.

  11. You’re doing beautifully.

  12. Superb!

  13. Keep it up!

  14. You did a lot of work today.

  15. You’ve got it down pat.

  16. You certainly did well today.

  17. Tremendous!

  18. You’re doing fine.

  19. Good thinking!

  20. You are really learning a lot.

  21. Keep on trying.

  22. You outdid yourself today.

  23. I’ve never seen anyone do it better.

  24. Good for you!

  25. Good going!

  26. I like that.

  27. One more time and you’ll have it.

  28. I’m very proud of you.

  29. That’s a good boy/girl.

  30. I think you’ve got it now.

  31. Good job, (individual’s name).

  32. You figured that out fast.

  33. You remembered.

  34. That’s really nice.

  35. It’s a pleasure to teach you when you work like that.

  36. You’re right.

  37. Clever!

  38. That makes me feel good.

  39. That’s great!

  40. That’s it!

  41. Way to go!

  42. Well, look at you go

  43. Now you have the hang of it.

  44. Congratulations!

  45. You’ve got your brain in gear today.

  46. Much better!

  47. Wonderful!

  48. Super!

  49. Marvelous!

  50. You’ve got it made.

  51. That’s right!

  52. You’re on the right track now.

  53. That’s good!

  54. You are very good at that.

  55. That’s coming along very nicely.

  56. That’s much better

  57. Good work!

  58. You’re doing a good job.

  59. You’ve just about got it.

  60. That’s it!

  61. I knew you could do it!

  62. That’s quite an improvement.

  63. Now you’ve figured it out.

  64. Now you have it.

  65. Not bad!

  66. Great!

  67. You are learning fast.

  68. Good for you!

  69. You make it look easy!

  70. You really make my job fun!

  71. That’s the right way to do it.

  72. You’re getting better every day.

  73. You did it that time!

  74. That’s not half bad!

  75. Wow!

  76. That’s the way!

  77. Nice going.

  78. Now you’ve figured it out.

  79. Sensational!

  80. You haven’t missed a thing!

  81. That’s the way to do it!

  82. Keep up the good work!

  83. That’s better.

  84. Nothing can stop you now.

  85. That’s first class work!

  86. Excellent!

  87. Perfect!

  88. That’s the best ever.

  89. You’re really going to town!

  90. Fine!

  91. Terrific!

  92. That’s better than ever.

  93. Outstanding!

  94. You did very well!

  95. You’re really improving.

  96. Right on!

  97. You’re on target now!

  98. Good remembering.

  99. I’m impressed with your progress!

  100. Incredible job!

  101.  Awesome job!

Marks of a Positive Thinker

Submitted by: San D Hasselman in honor of her father.
Marks of a Positive Thinker

  1. Enthusiastic

  2. Self-confident-not boastful

  3. Creativity

  4. Persistence

  5. Leadership-willing to take risks

  6. Belief in self- not egotistical

  7. Action habit

  8. Proper thinking and attitude toward others

  9. Likable

  10. Generous with conversation with everyone

  11. Looks for the good in bad situation

  12. Takes action immediately because he/she knows the goals

  13. Has initiative: is a self-starter

  14. Constructively evaluates self to learn weakness in character and course of action

  15. Has definite goals (which may be altered if necessary)

  16. Friendly

  17. Progressive thinker

  18. Success oriented--success is: "The progressive realization of worthwhile goals"

  19. A thinker, not a dreamer (in achieving). Dreams can be helpful to creatively produce the idea, but the results are obtained by action, not by 'dreaming'

  20. Believes that things can be done-not just performing 'lip service' to an ideal or to someone else's ideas.

  21. A doer, not just a talker

  22. Learns to have good recall of memory

  23. Visualizes self as successful in the attempts to reach goals.

  24. Thinks creatively--is able to come up with new ideas continually.

  25. Not a traditional thinker when it comes to problem solving or inventing new ideas - thinks many different ways from all angles

  26. Does things to strengthen self psychologically--reading, listening to recordings of progressive, positive, or creative-thinking people.

  27. Stretches the mind instead of stopping at the point of seemingly reaching the solution.

  28. Sold on self and self-worth

  29. Does not let small thinkers destroy the attainment of goals or enthusiasm for life

  30. Believes in own importance, but is not self-centered.

  31. Is a generally well-balanced person in all realms physically, spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally. Does not let self become too over-endowed in any one area at the expense of others.