Develop a System to Effectively Use Possip Praise

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 Put yourself in your teacher’s shoes.

Possip team member and former teacher, Adie Tate, shares ways to effectively use Possip Praise.

Imagine how you would feel if you walked into your classroom and saw this written on the board:

Or what if you walked into the staff break room and saw this posted on the refrigerator:

What if you came back from lunch or from escorting your class to PE or art class and you found a card on your desk. In the card was a handwritten note with this praise:

Imagine what your Exceptional Education team might say if they all received an email from you congratulating them for their good work and this quote from a parent:


Teachers are amazing people! They often put in extra hours and energy to make sure their students get what they need. We love reading the compliments and positive comments families post every week with Possip. We often call out staff members by name, and recognize their hard work. This could be something seemingly small, but very significant to them.

Sometimes that praise can be overshadowed by concerns, or frustrations families suggest. It doesn’t have the same sense of urgency when there isn’t a problem attached to it. 

Creating a system to let teachers and staff know the great things and praise families share about them can be instrumental in building and sustaining morale, as well as strengthening your community. Research has shown that praising employees on a regular basis is very beneficial. It can lead to more engaged and happier employees. To learn more, check out the article Why is Praising People at Work So Important?. In the past, we’ve examined The Power of Praise During Teacher Appreciation Week and Beyond. However, sharing praise regularly is just as important as providing constructive feedback on a routine basis. This helps create professional development and building trust with your staff.  

Here are four steps to set up a system to share Possip Praise throughout the year:

Step 1: Ask teachers how they prefer to receive praise.

Some teachers love to be recognized in front of a group of their peers. Others love public praise that can be shared with loved ones. Some appreciate private messages and avoid the spotlight. Survey your staff at the beginning of the year. Or, use your Possip staff pulse checks – to get a sense of what will be most effective for each person or team.