There is an interesting little debate at the follwing site that popped
up through Stumble.com in which the author argues that praise should
be avoided in teaching.
I think this makes an important distinction. I have seen too many
middle school and high school students who don't seem to have any idea
how to respond to anything except extravegant praise and who seem to
think that they have some sort of right to praise regardless of their
Just thought it might be of some interest.