Students need feedback, compliments and constructive criticism on their progress and learning process. If you’re going to dish out compliments, make sure they are not empty compliments to students filled with generalities like, “You’re so smart,” or “Great job!” Students will value and respect teachers that are honest, fair, and provide (age appropriate) feedback that they can work with, grow from, and understand. I also believe this will facilitate trust between the teacher and the student so that the child will be more open to constructive criticism and feedback during the times when the student is challenged.
Try the following as examples.
“You did great work on this project because you provided evidence that underscored your arguments. Additionally, you cited more than the required number of sources.”
“These word problems were challenging; you answered a few questions correctly, let’s discuss why. On some other problems, you made some errors, let’s see if we can find out where you went wrong.”
“It’s not clear what you mean in the highlighted sentence. Can you reword this? … Are you trying to say _________? If so, consider rewording the sentence like this ______________.”engage students in opportunities to reflect on the learning process, ask questions, give specific feedback
- Engage students in opportunities to reflect on the learning process
- Ask questions of the student
- Give specific feedback (link to rubrics/expectations)
- Don’t praise intelligence, rather the specific work
- Don’t praise trivial accomplishments/weak efforts
- Encourage reflection, goal setting, and regularly check in with students on progress towards goals