“Certainly, teaching to normative expectations will mean lots of positive feedback for some students (but not necessarily any new learning) and lots of negative feedback for others” (Johnston 13).
It’s so unfortunate that this happens. However, I feel this happens all the time. Students are told what they are doing wrong and not what they are doing right. These are children who are still learning about who they are and what they like. I feel that giving them negative feedback or feedback on just “improving” things isn’t the best way to help teach a child. Johnston talks about how it doesn’t help make the child want to learn learn new things, but it makes them want to just kind of hide in a bubble and not want to try because they fear getting shut down.
“Much more important is noticing-and helping the students notice- what they are doing well, particularly the leading edge of what is going well” (Johnston 13).
I feel like I was really able to relate to this. I took a storytelling class and a part of that class what having to give feedback to the people who were storytelling that day. We used what is called the sandwich technique; you say something positive followed by something that could be improved and then something positive again. It made the class feel more comfortable to speak their mind and it also helped the performer for their next storytelling.