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My essay will focus on my experiences Praising Young Learners and how it effects their learning. I have been teaching toddlers and I use this approach in my class. Most of the results are positive and I am going to write how praising my students helped me in classroom management, and how it affected my class. As an educator, we experience different kinds of students. They may be different in personalities, different in behaviour, different in level or have different abilities. Using praise is very effective, when used in the proper timing and instances, right words, and right actions. In a preschool class, we have students who are not interested in learning. They may not be ready for class, they might be scared of new environment, or might be having anxiety being away with their parents. Being warm and caring by giving positive feedback to them will lessen their anxiety in class, and makes them feel welcomed. Giving them praise in coming to school or just by being there in class encourages them to participate and get more involved in the school activities. Teachers may experience students who don't make an effort to learn, or get discouraged when learning gets difficult. Praising helps to boost the students’ performance and confidence.This does not mean that they get praised for their intelligence, but it gives them idea that they are praised for their effort. This approach is very effective in Young Learners which encourages them to try and work harder. We may also meet student who are disruptive, and has behavioural issues. Praising them in every good actions and habits has positive effect on them. It can improve the negative behaviour, and gives the students the chance to think and contemplate about actions done. “Is it good? Does it hurt anyone? How can I improve my behaviour?”. We may praise the students if a desirable or pleasant action is done. This will make them realise which actions are acceptable, and/or gives them a chance to correct the bad behaviour. Another good effect of praising is that it can improve the relationship between teachers and students. Teachers who foster positive relationships with their students create classroom environments more conducive to learning and meet students' developmental, emotional and academic needs. Giving them feedback is like showing them that you love and care for them. Children are more likely to be respectful when important adults in their lives respect them. They are more likely to care about others if they know they are cared about. Children love to be told how wonderful they are and how proud we are of them. Now the question goes back to “Is it normal to praise students?” For me, YES and it is working for me and my class. I have seen the changes to my students by using this approach. We teachers have the power to say words that can change a students’ behaviour and performance so that it may help shape their future. These words are the tools that we can use to engage and motivate our students in learning.