How to use the ripple effect to enact positive change in the classroom

If you ask a student to mimic a teacher, chances are they will stand, point and yell at their hypothetical student, scary!

It’s not too late to help break the cycle by using this voice-saving, stress-preventing teaching strategy that people have been using for centuries … use the ‘Grandmother Method for learning’.

This strategy uses encouragement & acknowledgement and just works because everyone wants to be recognised! Be EXPLICIT in telling them the awesome behaviour you’re looking for. For example – Amanda, thanks so much for holding your books while standing behind your desk! In your praise, you are telling everyone else exactly what you are looking for. When you see others doing this, use their name and tell them what they are doing well. Want to know more about this? Here’s an article that outlines the research behind this approach. This is probably the fastest behaviour response of all teaching strategies and I can’t think of a single time when this hasn’t worked for me.

Here’s a link to Sugata Mitra’s TED Talk about this concept and how positive praise rivals the gains made by having a teacher in the room! That’s a big call! He’s an amazing innovator & I loved his talk.

As always, thank you so much for hanging out with us and helping us build our teaching community. We would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to comment on the posts and share the love.

Have a great day!

Vikki Grant


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