Between “Good” and “Bad”

30 Aug 2012 by admin, No Comments »

There is a difference between “Good girl” and “Good work.”

Stay 10 minutes in a kindergarten or primary school classroom, I would hazard a guess that we will hear “Good boy” or “Good girl” far more often than “Good work” or “Good job.”

When a teacher says “Good girl” to a child who did something that the teacher wanted, it is a statement that judges the child as a person.

On the other hand, when a teacher says, “Good work” to the child, the teacher is judging the behaviour.

The thing is: Behaviours can be learned, changed and improved upon. But when we judge the being of our children, they will very quickly learn that their worth as a person is dependent what they do and what other people thinks.

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