One Hundred Ways to Praise

Be free with praise for even minor successes; it will encourage larger successes.  Be careful, however, never to be phony and praise when it isn’t deserved; you will lose your credibility and the value of future praise.


That’s really nice.

That’s clever.

You’re right on target.

Thank you.


That’s great!

Very creative.

Very interesting

I like the way you’re working.

Good thinking.

That’s an interesting way to look at it.

It’s a please to teach you.

Now you’ve figured it out.

Keep up the good work.

You’ve made my day.


You’re on the ball today.

This is something special.

Everyone’s working so hard.

That’s quite an improvement.

Much better.

Keep it up.

That’s the right answer.

Exactly right!

You’re on the right track now.

This is quite an accomplishment.

I like how you’ve tackled this assignment.

That’s coming along nicely.

I like the way you have settled down to work.

You’ve shown a lot of patience with this.

I noticed that you got right down to work.

You’ve really been paying attention.

It looks like you’ve put a lot of work into this.

You’ve put in a full day today.

This is prize-winning work.

An A-1 paper!

I like your style.

Pulitzer-prize-winner in training.

Your work has so much personality.

That’s very perceptive.

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This is a moving scene.

Your remark shows a lot of sensitivity.

This really has flair.

Clear, concise, and complete!

A well-developed theme.

You are really in touch with the feelings here.

This piece has pizzazz.

A splendid job!

You’re right on the mark.

Good reasoning.

Very fine work.

You really scored here.


This is a winner.

You’re at the top of the class.


Superior work.

Great going!

Where have you been hiding all this talent?

I knew you could do it.

You’re really moving along.

Good job.

What neat work!

You really outdid yourself today.

That’s a good point.

That’s a very good observation.

That’s certainly a neat way of looking at it.

This kind of work pleases me very much.

Congratulations! You got _____correct today.

That’s right.  Good for you!


I bet your parents will be proud of you.

That’s an interesting point of view.

You’re really doing well.

You’ve got it now.

Nice going.

You make it all look so easy.

This shows you’ve been thinking.

You’re becoming an expert at this.

This gets a four-star rating.

You’re the one