Effective Ways to Give Productive Feedback to Students

Posted by | February 24, 2020

When it’s time to write your report card comments, it is important to be as effective as possible. You want to clearly express where your students are succeeding, explain where they need to improve, and provide them actionable ways to meet their goals. Here are some helpful tips for writing productive feedback for students. Be Affirmative on What Is Right Giving feedback to your students is not about focusing on the negatives or generalizing the positives. Comments should always be framed in a positive manner, reassuring students that they are on the right path. Instead of sugar-coating your positive comments…

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SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TOPICS FOR TALKERS AND THE BORED

Posted by | January 12, 2015

What do you do as a substitute teacher when students finish their assigned work only minutes after was handed out?  Put together a packet of ideas that includes a list of assignments that can be listed by number on the blackboard. When a student is ready for something new, and the classroom teacher did not provide more work, turn his or her mind to one of the numbered items on the whiteboard. Examples: Find the meanings of these words: emulate, arrogant, ascetic, tolerant, dogmatic. Locate the titles and names of the persons in the President's cabinet. Find the name of…

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HOW TO SAVE TIME WHEN WRITING REPORT CARDS

Posted by | January 02, 2015

When it comes to writing report card comments, most teachers usually fall into one of the two following categories: 1. Those that do it THE HARD WAY: – Spend massive amounts of time inventing comments from scratch. – Write new comments for every report card and proofreading and editing comments. As one of my colleague routinely complained each year during the report card writing time, "Who has the time to plan lessons when all of it is taken up by writing these blasted report cards!" 2. Those that do it THE EASY WAY: Wisely and prudently save time by using…

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