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.
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 students. (7:46 min)