Teaching Tip: Positive Grading

Grading students work provides an opportunity to enhance their self-esteem. Here are some suggestions.
  • Accentuate the positive by showing a score that is the number right rather than the number wrong.
  • Grade papers using green ink. Green is a positive color which suggests moving ahead.
  • Avoid the use of red ink. Red is a negative color which is typically used to indicate that something is wrong.
  • Use a neutral symbol when marking something wrong. Rather than the commonly used "x," use a symbol such as a "/."
  • Provide praise comments where appropriate.
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