Feedback Strategies: Praise is OK in Quantities, Right?

Image result for feedbackThe first article I chose to read was Criticizing (common criticisms of) Praise. I feel like I’m a person that typically gives praise, so I wanted to see the criticisms of it. The author introduces the way children are raised and praised as well, to make his criticism of praise stronger. I do acknowledge and see why praise shouldn’t always be given, but contrary to the author, I do think that it’s necessary sometimes. It’s interesting to me that it’s suggested that since our end goal is approval, if we give praise to an individual in feedback they won’t push as hard to make it any better if it’s already approved. To me this would be different from person to person. I don’t think a little praise would affect my writing to where I didn’t continue to follow the rest of their feedback and improve. There is definitely more to feedback than praise alone, and no praise should not be the sole feedback experience. If feedback contains areas of praise where the reader really understands and enjoys what’s going on and critique and feedback on how to fix areas that aren’t understood, I see nothing wrong with that. I guess I’m more along the side of praise can be useful, but obviously depending on the situation depends on the outcome/reason.

The second article I read was Be a Mirror: Give Readers Feedback that Fosters a Growth Mindset. I chose this article, because I’m a huge fan of growth mindset. I wanted to learn more about how to provide feedback for people that can lead to growth mindset. Although we’re obviously not giving feedback or working with kids in this class, growth mindset has an impact on ALL of us. The following are tips that I can use in order to give feedback positive to growth mindset:

  1. Be Specific
  2. Focus on what the reader is doing
  3. Focus on the process put in
  4. Make sure it can transfer
  5. Take yourself out of the feedback (I really like…)

I really found #5 interesting, because this is typically something that I do often. I didn’t realize that it could be considered a negative approach if you’re trying to ensure a growth mindset.

Image One: Feedback found on Public Domain Pictures.

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