I’m talking here particularly about feedback in multiple-choice quizzes.
For correct responses, do…
- extend the student’s understanding with a “here’s why this is right”.
- reward them with a pat on the back.
For incorrect responses, do…
- explain why they got it wrong.
- challenge the student to think it through. Learning happens when they grasp the logic.
- provide a pointer or a research direction.
- assume they will be given another go. This motivates them to seek the answer.
Above all, don’t…
- try to spoonfeed struggling kids with the right answer. It doesn’t work. It won’t go into long-term memory and they will just feel bad about themselves when they discover they have forgotten it again next week.