1.One-Word Synonyms to Say “Good”

Try picking up a synonym book and choose a word in it, use a different word each day. Children will start to notice a pattern and will wonder which word you will be using the next day and may even adjust their behaviors in order to be the recipient of the word.

Some one-word synonyms to use: wow, terrific, beautiful, brilliant, marvelous, sharp, wonderful, splendid, super, superior, clever, congrats, smashing, sensational, great, tremendous, remarkable, stunning, outstanding, exceptional, amazing, fantastic, spectacular, excellent, fabulous, superb, breath-taking, astonishing, grand, impressive, astounding, magnificent, incredible, significant, noteworthy, notable, extraordinary, stupendous, dazzling.

2.Using a Child’s Name
Use sentences that place a child’s name into it. This points them out specifically and shows that the teacher is paying attention to who is doing good work and not just saying “good job” randomly. Basically any sentence can include a child’s name such as “good job, Tom.” But some examples of really good sentences to use are:

I like the way you’re working, Tom.
That’s quite an improvement, Mary.
I like the way you’re working, Tom.
That’s quite an improvement, Mary.
Susan, it’s a pleasure to teach when you work like this.
Bill, you really outdid yourself today.
Lucy is waiting quietly.
John got right to work.
Ann is paying attention.
Sherrie is really going to town!
I like the way Bill has settled down.

Very good, why don’t you show the class what you did, Richard.

3.Classroom Compliments
Complimenting the entire classroom as a whole will bring about a feeling of teamwork and unity. Try sentences such as these:

Everyone’s working so hard.
I’m very proud of the way the class is working today.
I appreciate everyone’s help.
Thank you for (sitting down, being quiet, getting right to work, etc.)
It’s a pleasure to teach when the class works like this.

4. Examples of Work Done Well

Children need to have their work or behavior pointed out to them so that they will be likely to want to repeat the performance. Tossing in a reference to what they did well will help to encourage them, as well as show that the teacher is paying attention and not uttering random or meaningless compliments. Something as simple as “good oral report” will suffice. The examples below are generically filled in with “report” or “behavior” but when you use these sentences state the specific thing that is being complimented such as: sculpture, painting, report, term paper, behavior, etc. Here are a few examples:

This kind of work pleases me very much.
Congratulations! You only missed (state number) on this test.
I bet your family would be proud to see the job you did on this project.
That’s an “A” report.
What an impressive project.
That looks like it’s going to be a great report!
That’s a very good observation!
That’s an interesting point of view.
Wow, you’ve figured out the answer!
It looks like you put a lot of work into this project.

5. Some More Ways to Say “Good Job”
Here are just a few more ways to say “good job” that are creative and meaningful:

That’s really nice
Thank you very much
That’s great
Keep up the good work
Much better
What neat work
My goodness
How impressive

You’re on the right track now
That’s clever
That’s an interesting way of looking at it
That’s the right answer
Now you’ve got the hang of it
Exactly right
Superior work
That’s a good point
That is certainly one way of looking at it
You’ve got it now
Out of sight
Nice going
That’s coming along nicely

High quality
First rate
First class
Star quality