Practice Seventeen


Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push, a smile, a word of optimism and hope, a ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” - Robert M. Devos






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Hand Signs for Practice

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Practice Connections

Practice 17 Connections - list of other 17 Practices that are connected to Practice # 17



  1. Model praise, encouragement, acknowledgment and affirmations as feedback to bolster learners’ morale and motivation in a threat-free environment where new or different opinions and ideas are welcomed and celebrated.

  2. Coach learners in the rationale and benefits of acquiring the lifelong habit of appreciating and acknowledging others’ accomplishments without prompting or compensation.

    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo Buscaglia

  3. Create opportunities for learners to receive recognition and positive feedback that do not reflect negative competition, win-lose thinking or use of sarcasm.



Encouragement is more effective than praise in guiding children's behavior. Article in Childcare, August, 2019 - concept applies at all levels

Teacher Encouragement Gives Long Term Boost - March, 2017 - Encouragement from teachers is key to keeping pupils engaged with education after the age of 16, suggests a study of more than 4,000 students in England.

Encouragement from Teachers Has Greatest Influence on Less Advantaged Children - University of Cambridge, March, 2017





  • Books:
    • The Blue Chair Mystery - by Christy Sheffield , The Blue Chair Mystery takes readers across the United States following the travels of a comfy blue chair as it is moved by a diverse assortment of people who are united by esprit de corps - the commitment to be part of a “family” doing its job to help others.
    • "Charlotte's Web", E.B. White
    • Bill and Coo“ By Christy SheffieldA children's book with full-page color illustrations on the life principle of friendship. Bill and Coo tells the story of a pair of best friends. They share a pasture and the same creamy white color, but they don’t even notice that Bill is a horse, and Coo is a steer. Their friendship grows with shared experiences and generosity, but it also suffers through a bout of jealousy, feelings of isolation, and rude behavior toward a newcomer. In the end, they learn that they need not be stingy with their FRIENDSHIP. Being able to nurture relationships with others enhances one’s joy in living and even acts as a conduit through which flows success on the job, in the community, at school, and at home.
  • The Lion and the Mouse Fable
  • Esprit de Corps Literature Lessons
  • COMPASSION Literature Lessons -
  • SERVICE Literature Lesson



Word Wall Vocabulary:

Celebrate  Honor  Laud  Praise

Revere Commend Eulogize Exalt

Compliment Esteem Commemorate Applaud

Use these sites to create word posters:


Brainstorm words or phrases that may be used instead of ‘CELEBRATE or CELEBRATION’. In pairs create a list and then join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result will be a list to be posted in the room for use in speaking and writing.


Music & Video Links


Video Skits


General Resource Websites:

  • Flipgrid - online tool - Create and record visuals and promote student voice and choice in their learning. Grids are a meeting place for your classroom, your school, your department or any learning community to discuss your topics. FREE for educators
  • Seesaw - an App that allows students to explore a variety of powerful tools (like drawing, voice recording, taking videos, and more!) to show what they know in the way that works best for them
  • National Science Digital Library - The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Educators may search for level PK - 12+ for FREE digital resources. Compatible for making assignments directly to Google Classroom.
  • What is QFT? - Question Formulation Technique - Explanation of the steps and videos demonstrating its use in the classroom.
    • Experiencing the Question Formulation Technique - An explanation and step-by-step instructions for the process
    • Right Questions - Educational Leadership - An Explanation of the process
    • Teaching Channel has published a blog series that showcases teachers across the United States who use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). The blog series features educators from the lower-elementary grades through community college. It includes insights from science, history, English, library, and math teachers showing how the effectiveness of the QFT in the classroom is lived out in these educational settings.


Learning Strategies