I passed back some Geometry tests the other day, and there was a problem on similar triangles in which students had to agree or disagree with a statement and explain why. While grading, I wrote “well said” or “nicely stated” next to any convincing explanations.
A student saw this comment, and asked me, “Is this supposed to be sarcastic or what?”
I was surprised. “No… I meant that. I thought it was a good explanation.”
The kid responded, “Oh, well it was in red so I thought it was bad.”
So that was interesting, and it has me thinking about different types of feedback. What does effective feedback look like? How do kids perceive feedback?