Tips for providing feedback on student learning

Encourage the process

Focusing on each student's process of learning is a great way to encourage growth over time. Rather than highlighting a single final product, consider providing feedback that showcases your students' progress and perseverance as they move forward.

Have an open dialogue

SpacesEDU offers useful tools to build effective communication with your students. When your student makes a post, think about what your student is trying to convey and use one of the dialogue prompts below to encourage them to share their perspective.

Avoid “yes” or “no” questions

Avoid using yes or no questions when communicating with your students. Consider using open-ended questions to encourage your students to reflect on their learning. When providing feedback, it is also helpful to provide concrete examples and avoid comparing one student's work to another.

Dialogue prompts to foster conversations with your students

Growth mindset

  • I can see evidence of growth in...

  • You used to… but now you…

  • At the beginning of the year, you did not know… but now you...

  • What strategies did you use to overcome…?

  • What did you do to reach your goal in…?

  • What do you think you could do differently next time to…?

  • I know you found this work challenging, but look at how you…

Offering support

  • Do you think you need some help with…?

  • One way at home that we can try to help you is…

  • How else do you think we could help you?

  • How else do you think you could…?

Reflective practice & storytelling

  • Tell me about this post…

  • Why do you think your teacher commented...?

  • When you look at these two pieces of work, what do you notice?

  • What are you most proud of and why?

  • What do you like most about your portfolio/post?

  • Can you explain your thinking?

Constructive feedback

  • I am so proud that you are able to…

  • I am pleased with how you did this work because…

  • I am impressed with this work because…

  • I can see evidence of growth towards your goal because…

  • What I like about this work (post) is…

  • I can see that you tried really hard to…

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