This article describes 20 ways to provide effective feedback. Most are appropriate for K-12 classrooms; however, many are universal. Some particularly effective suggestions include:
- Explain to students what they are doing right and incorrectly. Provide an explanation and an example of each. One way of discerning which is which:
- what 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?
- Give feedback as soon as possible to show students that they are learning.
- Focus feedback on specific skills and knowledge.
- Allow students to give peer-feedback, but instruct them first. Teach them how to give specific, constructive feedback.