By Teachers, For Teachers
Who doesn’t want to think they are the most amazing thing ever? Now imagine that the compliment you just received was also given to the 15 people closest to you. How would that make you feel?
Or think about something a boss, parent, spouse, or friend asked you to work on; and so you did, you worked really hard. Then when they finally noticed, all they said was ‘nice.’
This is what happens to our students and children on a regular basis. That disappointment is why there is only real value in positive student feedback when it is meaningful and specific.
Yes, it may take a bit more time, but not really. Plus, it’s a way to build individual relationships with your students. For your student, it will show them that even though you don’t have 30 minutes to spend with them each day, that you did/do notice their progression, dedication, hard work, and want to celebrate their victories.
Here are some example ways to change from general praise to more meaningful, special, and specific.
Instead of saying "Good Work," try:
Instead of "Nice job," how about:
Assignment Feedback Tips
When you give feedback on papers, projects, or essays, you can always use the ‘sandwich’ approach. Limit your remarks to the most important areas, try hard not to ‘nitpick’. Start by saying what the student did best, then talk about the area that needs the biggest improvement, followed by an area that is getting better but still needs work, finally close with an upbeat hope or remark on how by working on those areas, that it is going to result in a really strong final piece of work.
Here is an example of the aforementioned concept:
I’ve said it so many times -- our students are just younger shorter versions of us. They need encouragement, recommendations, and feedback just like we do. So, if you are able to highlight those ways in which your students are succeeding, you really will be helping them to believe in themselves more and to reach their fullest potential.
How do you personalize positive student feedback? Share in the comments section!