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20 Ways to Praise Students

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Showing students how thankful you are for them and how proud of them you are is an important part of teaching.  While none of the 20 ways to praise your students below are new, sometimes seeing them again helps renew your enthusiasm for finding reasons to show students how much you care.  Remember, your kind words may be the only ones they hear from an adult during the day.

20 Ways to Praise Students

  1. “Great job!”
  2. “You worked hard on that!”
  3. “Excellent work!”
  4. “I’m proud of you.”
  5. “You rock.”
  6. “You’re so smart.”
  7. “I can tell you did your best.”
  8. “Phenomenal!”
  9. “Superb!”
  10. “Stupendous job!”
  11. “Marvelous!”
  12. “Thank you for being so awesome.”
  13. “I can’t wait to brag about you to the other teachers/your parents.”
  14. “Fantastic
  15. “You aced it!”
  16. “You’re such a wonderful person.”
  17. “I am so glad you’re in my class.”
  18. “You make my day brighter just by coming to school.”
  19. “You made wise choices!”
  20. “You are amazing!”


Do you have a fun way to tell students how proud you are of them?  Share it with us below!

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Cathy Ritzes
Cathy Ritzes

I have a magnet that has a list of praises on it hanging in my classroom and on my refrigerator to remind me of the many ways to praise students and my own children. They really do need to hear what you like, what they are doing great and when you catch them being good! AND YES,we do need to remember the power of kind words.

Gloria Wilson
Gloria Wilson

It is great to say comments like this to students, but I like to actually give them little notes with basically the same message. They can tuck these into their pockets and look at them whenever they need a little encouragement. I know they don't just throw them away.

Christa Griffith
Christa Griffith

Aren't these in sticker form too? if so, can you send me the link so I can buy them also. Thanks!!