The Power of Praise

Empowering Students Through Positive Feedback (Rogers Pedagogical Book 2)

Non-Fiction - Education
106 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2019
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Author Biography

Richard James Rogers is the world-renowned author of The Quick Guide to Classroom Management: 45 Secrets That All High School Teachers Need to Know. His weekly blog at provides teachers all over the world with practical tips and useful case studies which have been gleaned from his 15 years of experience as a high school Science and Mathematics Teacher. Richard currently teaches at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

The Power of Praise: Empowering Students through Positive Feedback (Rogers Pedagogical Book 2) by Richard James Rogers is a book for educators and any professional involved in the life of students. The author offers a strategy to coax students to success using the art of praise. In this book, the author explores the philosophy of praise and shows the influence it has on students (and it is not just about students), defining what praise actually means and why it becomes an effective tool to bring out the best potential in students and lead them to desired results. He explains the mechanics of praise, showing how it can be effectively used, and defining ways to ensure it is efficiently used. From the very start of the book, the author offers a compelling premise: We all want to be validated. He comments: "It's the reason why we wear posh designer labels; why we brag about our new car or house on social media and why we beautify images of ourselves using various apps on our smartphones."

The Power of Praise is very succinct, containing the essential things that readers need to know, and as one reads through these pages, one immediately understands that the philosophy of praise isn’t one that only works for students. In fact, it can be used effectively in parenting and in other forms of human relationships. Richard James Rogers writes well and is the kind of writer who doesn’t waste words. He hits straight to the point and engages readers in a conversation that features concrete examples from real life, personal experiences, and insightful thoughts. This is a very inspiring and informative book that proposes a powerful strategy to take students from where they are to where they are expected to be. Simply brilliant!

Amanda Speake

Guiding the reader through the philosophy and mechanics of praise this approachable volume shows teachers the why, how and when of effective praise. From the psychological impact of positive praise through to practical examples of how to implement these strategies in daily classroom practice, the ‘secrets’ laid out show teachers how to provide consistent, specific feedback to students without creating an overload of marking. Strategies such as verbal feedback, live marking and self- and peer-assessment strategies are clearly explained alongside lots of examples from the author’s own teaching experience.
If you are a teacher looking for some inspiration to help you praise and motivate your students then this highly readable book could by just what you are looking for.

Claire Jennison

This is exactly the kind of book all new teachers need! The Power of Praise: Empowering Students through Positive Feedback gives many transferable examples of how praise can be used to generate positive effects in both students and teachers. As an experienced teacher himself, the author clearly understands, and feels passionate about, using praise effectively. Many of his results, which are showcased with the book, speak for themselves.

The author clearly feels so strongly about this topic, and includes anecdotes of how powerful praise has been during his own lifetime. A practical, strategic, inspiring read!


Very Helpful., for all teachers teaching english as a second language. As well as lifting up students in thèir studies