Praise and Criticism as Forms of Feedback in #Physed
In fact, when given in the wrong way, praise can actually hinder learning, slow motivation, and decrease self-esteem. Many parents, teachers, and coaches believe that in today's world we need to lavishly praise while at the same time keep any kind of criticism to an absolute minimum when dealing with young people. Dr. Bailey uses the work of well-known psychologist Carol Dweck to support his argument that praise needs to be delivered in a way that celebrates effort put forth rather than ability possessed. When praise is given in this way, students are likely to develop more resilience which will ultimately lead to enhanced self-esteem and confidence.
So, is there a place for giving criticism when teaching and coaching young people? Dr. Bailey also touches upon the idea that criticism can be a very positive form of feedback when delivered in a thoughtful and caring manner.
Well-chosen criticism, delivered in an environment of high expectations and unconditional support, can inspire learning and development, whilst poorly judged praise can do more harm than good.
If we are to maximize the impact and effectiveness of our PE programs, we need to ensure that the learning experiences we offer our students are firmly rooted in opportunities to express themselves freely through sport and fitness. Creating a learning environment in which joy, excitement, and love of movement are at the forefront of our programs, but to offer as much authentic feedback as possible along the way. This will help to prepare our students to lead more physically active lives and be more inclined to make sport and fitness a lifetime pursuit.
Be sure to read Dr. Bailey's The Problems With Praise article, it's well worth your time and energy!