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9 Ways of Giving Effective Feedback to Students By Examples

Updated on January 30, 2014
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Effective ways of giving a better feedback

Feedback is extremely important in all things as feedback helps to understand how the action was. There are two types of feedbacks. A positive feedback and a negative feedback. Through appositive feedback, one is able to understand that his or her action is appreciated. When a person gives you a negative feedback, it shows that your action lacks some qualities and there is definitely need of improvement.

There are several ways of giving a feed back. In fact while giving a feedback, educators or teachers should take care of some points. Here, let us take a look at the 9 ways of giving a feedback.

1. Provide a feedback which is educative in nature.

Giving a feedback means telling the students whether their action is correct or incorrect. An educator should try to focus on the positive points of the students while giving a feed back. In this way, students will become more productive in the future. Through a feedback, the teacher can also provide an explanation and an example to show what is accurate and inaccurate in their work. Here you can use the concept of feedback sandwich with three essential elements Compliment, Correct, Compliment.

2. Provide feedbacks in a timely manner

Educators should give the feedback in a timely manner. This helps the students to understand their action. Moreover the student will react positively to a timely feedback. If we wait for a long time and then give a feedback, most probably the student will not be able to connect with the feedback.

3. Educators should be sensitive to the individual needs of the students

In a classroom there are different types of learners. There are sensitive students who need to be pushed gently; there are also students who need to be nudged heavy. A good educator should try to give feedback without hurting the self esteem of the students. He should maintain a balance between feedback and encouragement.

4. Educators should ask 4 questions to themselves

Most students want to know where they stand with regards to their work. Dinham, 2002, 2007a; 2007b). Answering these questions on a regular basis will surely help to provide a good quality feedback. This questionnaire will also help you to provide a feedback to the parents.

These are the 4 questions which will help you to provide a good quality feedback.

  • What can the student do?
  • What can’t the student do?
  • How does the student’s work compare with that of others?
  • How can the student do better?

Try out this question and answering section and you are surely going to be a good educator.

5. Feedback should reference a skill or specific knowledge.

For those teachers who are looking out ways for providing a good feedback, a rubric is a powerful tool. Rubrics are instruments which can help to communicate expectations for an assignment. With the help of rubrics, students can understand a lot about their performance. In simple words, a rubric helps the student to understand how well they are performing when compared to the standards. They will also know that what they are lacking and where they should improve. For younger students , educators can opt for highlighting rubrics or opting for a sticker chart.

6. Make a habit of giving regular feedback

A regular feedback with the students helps to keep the students on “target for achievement”. They will understand where they stand in the classroom. They will also know where they stand with you also.


7.Opt for a face to face conference with students

While giving a feedback, it is important that the teacher opts for a face to face interaction. Here the student looks forward for some special attention from the teacher. Moreover a face to face meeting gives the student an opportunity to ask the necessary questions to the teacher. Such a meeting should be optimistic and should not last more than 10 minutes. It should be in such a way that the students should look forward for such interactive sessions.

8.Provide feedback on a verbal, nonverbal or written forms

While giving feedback, the teacher should try to keep control over hi facial expressions. May be some students will disappoint you. But expressing anger or disappointment in the form of frowns or gestures is a complete no- no from the educator. Otherwise , it will have a wrong impression on the student.

9.Concentrate on one ability

While giving feedback, it is better if you concentrated and criticized one ability of the student. Instead of focusing on the whole paper , try to take one aspect and show what is wrong or right. If the teacher is checking the indentation of paragraphs on one day, he should focus on another element the next day.

Try out these 9 golden ways of giving feedback and you will be able to see amazing results.

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© 2014 Aditya Pullagurla

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