The Talk You Wish Your Tutors Had Attended (And Your Students Will Be Glad That You Did)

Roupa, Vicky (2021). The Talk You Wish Your Tutors Had Attended (And Your Students Will Be Glad That You Did). In: Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference, 1-2 Dec 2021, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

Abstract

What if we, as tutors, stopped giving our students positive feedback but instead concentrated on the aspects of the task at hand? What if we stopped feeding them on carbs of positive energy and opted for the slow-release of feedback that does not make any judgement at all (positive or negative)? In this lightning talk I am going to make the case for, and hopefully gain your interest in, redesigning feedback practices in light of Philippa Perry’s suggestion to ‘praise effort, describe what you see and feel and encourage your [student] without judging’ to enhance learning and improve mental health.

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