Giving Quality Feedback

Giving Precise Praise

 

As a coach, one of the best parts of your job is telling teachers what they're doing well. Making the time to validate their classroom decisions--in precise and student-facing language--has two tangible benefits.

First, you'll make them aware of effective strategies that they may not even have been implementing consciously. After all, they're focusing on the lesson! And even more importantly, you can reinforce a growth mindset by validating when they master a move they've been working on.

Oh, and hat tip to Doug Lemov, who uses the term "precise praise" to describe how to deliver in-the-moment positive feedback to students!

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Additional Resources

Teach Like a Champion

We share important core values with educator Doug Lemov, and have been inspired and influenced by "Teach Like a Champion." If you find Match Minis useful, we know you'll like his book, a broad and deep exploration of high-leverage, practical teaching moves.

From the author:

"Teach Like a Champion 2.0 is a complete update to the international bestseller. This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike. Over 700,000 teachers around the world already know how the techniques in this book turn educators into classroom champions. With ideas for everything from classroom management to inspiring student engagement, you will be able to perfect your teaching practice right away."

Coaching Session Form

This document outlines our prescribed Coaching Feedback Session agenda. It's a straightforward document that you can customize to fit your school's instructional rubric and coaching jargon.

“Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes That Stick” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class helps instructional coaches and school leaders practice strategies for coaching teachers to make meaningful, long-lasting improvements in their instruction.

Related Minis

Running Effective Coaching

Praise is an effective change agent, one of many tools a coach can teach for to help teachers develop their practice.

Preparing a Coaching Agenda

Precise praise... check! What else goes into an effective feedback meeting?