Give specific feedback to students which emphasizes their growth and improvement relative to their own progress, not to that of others.
When reviewing a second draft of student writing say, “Look at all the areas where you made improvements. That shows how the strategies you’ve learned are helping you grow as a writer.”
As a child learns to show his work during math say, “It’s good to see you taking responsibility for your learning this week and slowing down to show your work when doing word programs. Sometimes there are many steps and writing them out as you have done is improving your work.”
Written by Louis Olander
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodnett