I’ve been writing about praise since 2009, but there is still a lot of confusion over its use. Typically, praise is given far too frequently. Most classrooms are a constant stream of way-to-gos and good-jobs, regardless of accomplishment—or lack thereof. Also known as false praise, lumping praise for expected behavior together with legitimate accomplishment is confusing to students. It lowers the bar on what is considered excellence and strips praise of any real and lasting meaning. It’s also often used…