Giving feedback can be really difficult, especially when you are a perfectionist (like me). I will openly admit to wanting to nit-pick all of my students’ work, even though I knew it would be unfair to them and that it would take me hours to get through me grading.
Thankfully, I know the sandwich method.
It is an easy peasy way to give feedback, to anyone, anywhere, in a way that is provides the student with a moment to shine and a moment to grow.
How does it work, you ask?
Everytime you are giving feedback start with a compliment, lead into an area of growth, and then end with another compliment.
It may seem silly, but by using the sandwich method you avoid two deadly traps
- The Death Spiral of Nit-Picking – Focusing on one area of growth makes things more manageable for you and for the students! Once they master that, you can move on to the next area of growth.
- Disempowering Your Students – The worst thing in the world is for a student to feel like they are being critiqued instead of their work. Using the sandwich method can help your students remember that they are a learning all-star, who constantly uses their growth mindsets to motivate their learning.
This post is making me hungry! Let’s go find some sandwiches 🙂