Provide prescriptive, informational feedback on strategies and effort.

Teacher feedback has long-lasting implications for students' academic self-esteem, learning goals, and progress in developing knowledge and skills. Interestingly, not all positive feedback has positive impact on students. For example, referring to students' ability as a fixed trait, as a compliment or as evaluation, may hamper students' learning. Teachers should provide feedback that directly addresses students' levels of effort, and that reiterates, in a positive tone and a manner aligned with the students' learning styles, strategies to solve problems.

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Teacher Self-Reflection: Prescriptive, Informational Feedback

Use this worksheet to guide teachers’ self-reflection on the feedback they provide to students.

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07/24/2014
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Observing Students to Develop a Feedback Plan

Use these observation process steps with pairs of teachers to guide observations of each others' classes with the end goal of improving the feedback given to students.

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07/24/2014
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Learning Together About Prescriptive Feedback

Convene a school in-service session for teachers to learn about how to provide prescriptive, informational feedback using these suggested activities. Related Files and Media: Prescriptive...

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07/24/2014
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Observing Feedback in a Math Classroom

Download this list of strategies for classroom organization, feedback processes, and checking for students’ understanding integrated by Ms. Anderson into her regular math classes. Related...

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07/24/2014
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Encouraging Effort Through Feedback

Encouraging Effort Through Feedback

A sixth-grade math teacher describes how she praises students and corrects misunderstandings. Using individual and group feedback, the teacher addresses student frustration and communicates to...

School Example
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07/24/2014
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Written Feedback on Classwork in Elementary Math

See how an elementary school math teacher provides feedback on students’ work and effort using the number line to solve math problems. Related Media and Files: Encouraging Effort Through...

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07/24/2014
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The Nature of Prescriptive Feedback (Part 2)

The Nature of Prescriptive Feedback (Part 2)

Dr. Carol Dweck describes how prescriptive, informational feedback might be used. Related Files: The Nature of Prescriptive Feedback (Part 1) (Video)

Expert Interview
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07/23/2014
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The Nature of Prescriptive Feedback (Part 1)

The Nature of Prescriptive Feedback (Part 1)

In this video Dr. Carol Dweck describes the research on the effects of prescriptive, informational feedback and provides some examples of such feedback. Related Files: The Nature of...

Expert Interview
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07/23/2014
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Prescriptive Feedback

Prescriptive Feedback

This multimedia overview defines "prescriptive, informational feedback" and provides guidelines to teachers in how they can provide that type of feedback and the effect it can have on their...

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07/23/2014
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