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October 21, 2011

We recently received a “thank you” and positive feedback from our September 16 post, Peace in Our Classrooms. One of our student teachers read the post and used the ideas and resources in his classroom. Not only was it a success in the classroom, but it was featured in the local newspaper. Students made pinwheels for peace, read Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos and wrote diamante and acrostic poetry.  Thank you John for sharing your success with us. If you have used any of our resources or ideas in your classroom please share your stories with us.

Newspaper Article


The email from our student reminded me of the importance of feedback for our students. Feedback is a more inviting word than criticism or even constructive criticism. Even as adults, it is difficult for most of us to hear about lessons we did not implement well or could have done better. But we all like to hear about things we did well. It makes the unpleasant truth easier to accept. This has serious implications for the classroom. I am reminded of my favorite definition of feedback by Brookhart (2008) in her book, How to Give Effective Feedback to your Students.

Feedback says to a student, “Somebody cared enough about my work to read it and think about it!” Most teachers want to be that “somebody.” Feedback matches specific descriptions and suggestions with a particular student’s work. It is just-in-time, just-for-me information delivered when and where it can do the most good.

Remember that feedback is more than just. “Good job.” It is authentic, timely, and specific.

The Feedback Sandwich

Feedback should be used for more than correction. It needs to send motivating messages, and must be future oriented.

  1. Identify strengths first (positive)
  2. Weaknesses are identified (developmental needs)
  3. Options for improvement are explored (positive)
    • You have done.………………
    • You haven’t done……………
    • You need to do ………………


Think about the feedback you give your students and remember to give feedback to your colleagues. We all need to hear what we have done well.

Make it a good week.

Linda C.

Recommended Resources for Feedback

Brookhart, S. (2008, January). Feedback that fits.  Educational Leadership, 65, 54-59.

Brookhart, S. (2008). How to give effective feedback to your students. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Hoerr, T. ( 2009, April). The rule of six. Educational Leadership, 66, 83-84.


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