It's in our human nature to appreciate getting a pat on the back or hearing a job well done for our work. It makes us stand a little taller, smile a little wider and even work a little harder next time. It's really a two-way street. When we tell others we appreciate them and their work, we are boosting their self esteem. But we also benefit knowing we brought a little extra joy to our friend or family member. The same happens when you tell students:
"Good job on that project!"
"Very creative! I can see you worked hard."
"Thanks for helping in class today!"
At YouthCode class, we write Shout Outs. Gurus write Shout Outs to students for creative and organized coding, working extra at home or helping in the class. Students write Shout Outs to their peers for coding a cool new game or to gurus thanking them for their help and teaching them something new. What a joy to encourage each other in this way.
It's a highlight at the end of the class to read the Shout Outs to the students and gurus. Students and gurus leave class standing a little taller, smiling a little wider and ready to work a little harder when they come back to class!