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Development of Productive Thinking

Supporting and Expanding Teachers’ Involvement in Instruction for Productive Thinking

What is Productive Thinking?

  • Thinking that a person performs or carries out with a high level of accuracy, proficiency and effectiveness.
  • Intellectual activity that extends beyond recognition and recall of a knowledge base or foundation, using “before levels” of thinking.
  • Thinking that yields new insights, understanding and outcomes that are meaningful and important to the person and often to others as well.
  • Using mental processes or reasoning to understand and organize experience, generate and analyze ideas, and prepare for effective action.

Productive thinking is so useful that there should be no argument about teaching and developing it in both pupils and teachers.

Why is Teaching for Productive Thinking Important?

  • Contributes to meaning, integrity and satisfaction in both one’s career and personal life.
  • Helps people to become effective, autonomous and competent in dealing with many other people and situations.
  • Helps people to deal effectively with the rapid pace, change and unpredictability of modern life.
  • Increase the range of situations, goals and challenges with which people can deal successfully.

99 Comments That Could Encourage Creative Productivity (or How to Say “Very Good” in Different Ways)

  1. You’re on the right track now!
  2. You’re doing a good job!
  3. You did a lot of work today!
  4. Now you’ve figured it out!
  5. You’re really showing them the way!
  6. Now you have the hand of it!
  7. That’s the way!
  8. You’re really going to succeed!
  9. You’re doing fine! Right on!
  10. Now you have it!
  11. Nice going!
  12. That’s coming along nicely!
  13. That’s great!
  14. You did it that time!
  15. Great!
  16. Fantastic!
  17. Terrific!
  18. Good for you!
  19. You outdid yourself today!
  20. Good work!
  21. That’s better!
  22. Excellent!
  23. That’s a good boy (girl)!
  24. Good job, (name of pupil, teacher)!
  25. That’s the best you’ve ever done!
  26. Good going!
  27. Keep it up!
  28. That’s really nice!
  29. Wow!
  30. Keep up the good work!
  31. Much better!
  32. You’ve done a good job again!
  33. That’s very much better!
  34. Good thinking!
  35. Exactly right!
  36. Super!
  37. Nice going!
  38. You make it look so easy!
  39. I’ve never seen anyone do it better.
  40. You’re doing that much better today.
  41. Way to go!
  42. Not bad!
  43. Superb!
  44. You’re getting better everyday!
  45. I knew you could do it. Wonderful!
  46. That’s very creative!
  47. Keep working it, you’re getting better.
  48. You’re doing beautifully.
  49. You’re really working hard today.
  50. That’s the way to do it!
  51. Keep on trying!
  52. That’s it!
  53. Nothing can stop you now.
  54. You’ve got it made.
  55. You are very good.
  56. You are learning fast.
  57. I’m very proud of you.
  58. You did very well today
  59. You’ve just about got it.
  60. That’s inspiring!
  61. I’m happy to see you working like that.
  62. I’m proud of the way you worked today.
  63. That’s the right way to do it.
  64. You’re really learning a lot.
  65. That’s better than ever.
  66. That’s quite an improvement.
  67. That kind of work makes me very happy.
  68. Marvelous!
  69. Perfect!
  70. That’s not half bad!
  71. FINE!
  72. Now you’ve figured it out right!
  73. You’ve got your brain in gear today.
  74. That’s it!
  75. You figured that out fast.
  76. You remembered!
  77. You’re really improving.
  78. I think you’ve got it now.
  79. Well, look how far you have gone!
  80. You’ve got it done pretty well!
  81. Tremendous!
  82. Outstanding!
  83. I like that.
  84. Couldn’t have done it better myself.
  85. Now that’s what I call fine job.
  86. You did that very well.
  87. Congratulations!
  88. That was first class work.
  89. It’s an innovative idea.
  90. Sensational!
  91. That the best ever.
  92. Good remembering.
  93. You haven’t missed a thing.
  94. It’s a pleasure to have you.
  95. You really make my job fun.
  96. That’s a good example of peak performance!
  97. You’ve just about mastered that.
  98. One more time and you’ll have it.
  99. You must have been practicing.

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