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Research has shown that gratuitous compliments to students (e.g., "Good job" or "Keep up the good work") do little to motivate them or assist with their learning. Instead, teachers should give regular, substantive feedback to students on their verbal contributions and on their academic work.

1. What are some ways to provide constructive, specific academic feedback to students?

2. Consider class size and English proficiency levels as you answer this question.

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1. What are some ways to provide constructive, specific academic feedback to students?

Specificity is a great way to provide constructive, specific academic feedback to students. Good feedback must be specific, such as "Juan, you are awesome in your use of vivid verbs in your rap—good job!" Instead of saying, "Juan, you rock," the first example of concise feedback informs the student ...

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