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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!