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An agreement isn't an agreement unless it involves at least two people. That may seem like an obvious statement; however, many teachers (and parents) decide on a rule and announce it as an agreement when the child (or children) had no part in creating the agreement. An agreement requires three steps, 1) a discussion about the challenge, 2) brainstorming together for solutions, 3) choosing a solution that feels respectful to all parties.
So, what is the difference between encouragement and praise? Praise teaches dependency on external feedback (I'm “okay” if you like what I do, and I feel badly if you don't like what I do), while encouragement teaches internal validation, (I use self-evaluation to determine how I feel about what I do).
While rewards may be a quick way to motivate students, it is important to stop and think, “What are students learning when they receive rewards?” Research has shown that rewards are not effective long-term and in fact can be harmful to students. The rewards become more important than the inner satisfaction of learning and contribution.