The latest issue of TYC features a list of encouraging things to say to children instead of "Good job!"
Parents and teachers often say “good job” as an automatic response to a child’s action. “You ate all of your peas. Good job!” “You did a good job putting away the toys.” A “good job” now and then is fine, but it doesn’t help children understand why what they did was good. Preschoolers need to know what they did, why it worked, or why it shows they are capable. Try the following suggestions to give preschoolers specific, detailed information that recognizes their achievements and encourages their learning. (Read the article.)
We posted the article on social media and so far it's been liked, shared, forwarded, and commented on - exponentially reaching more than 70,000 educators.
We're thrilled that so many of you find this set of tips useful and are sharing with the teachers in your program and in your own virtual communities. Below we've included some of the feedback we've received.
And now we want to know - what other topics would you like covered in this way? Please let us know and thank you for all you do for children...good job! (Just kidding!)
Derry Koralek, TYC Editor in Chief and the TYC Editorial Team