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Inside Teaching : June 2010
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com TEACHING TIPS 27 when they received positive and negative feedback. The majority of people will be able to describe in detail the negative feedback they got, when they got it and which teacher they got it from -- and, yes, I know that makes it sound like a transmissible disease, because it is. As educators, we need to remember the power of our words. With this in mind you need to make sure your feedback: • is related to the learning intention • is constructive • informs individual students as to where they are in their learning, and • avoids generalising words like 'good' and 'well done' in favour of specific words that explain what a student now knows or is able to do in relation to what they previously knew or were able to do. 6 Parents are part of the team Too often, teachers see parents as the opposition, yet parents can be an amazing source of support; they also happen to know a lot of information about the students you're teaching. Here are some tips to working effectively with parents: • develop a relationship with parents early on in the year • use parent-teacher interviews as a two-way conversation, since they're as much an