The Right Way To Give Feedback to Preschoolers
There have been numerous researches that have proved that meaningful and positive feedback can enhance learning and improve preschoolers’ scores and achievements. Negative feedback, on the other hand, can be counterproductive. If you’re mum to a preschooler or a toddler who’s soon to be one, you need to know how to provide feedback that it increases motivation. An effective communication process and good feedback sessions will play critical roles in helping kids perform at their peak.
Tips and Tricks for Providing Positive Feedback for Kids
1. Be Specific
It’s important to be specific in the feedback that you give your child. Just saying ‘Good job’ does not suffice, nor does ‘You could have done better’. You must give specific feedback on what was right and what was wrong. Saying ‘I liked the way you helped your little brother get dressed’ or ‘I like it when you greet guests politely’ will elicit more of a response.
2. Be on Time
When feedback reaches a child on time, he’s bound to respond positively and remember the experience and what he learnt. If there’s too much of a time lapse between the activity/action and the feedback, it’ll just lose relevance. As much as possible, give feedback soon after an action has been made.
3. Be Sensitive
Feedback is mainly meant for the receiver, not the giver so be sensitive to the impact of what you say. Keep in mind the individuality of kids while giving feedback to children. No two preschoolers are the same and you must consider this while giving feedback. You need to maintain a balance between the two aspects– not hurting your child’s sentiments and giving proper encouragement!||
4. Avoid a Message Overload
Don’t cite too many activities/actions when giving feedback. Focus on just 1 or 2 things at a time. Likewise, don’t give too much feedback at any one time. If you do, it’ll just dilute the effect of all the feedback you’ve given, leaving your child confused and unsure of what you said. Try to give feedback after each action/activity has been performed.
5. Keep It Private
Keep the feedback session one-on-one. It will help your child ask questions and he’ll also understand the importance of individual attention. Don’t prolong the meeting. You don’t want the message to get diluted by the time the session ends.
6. Ask for Feedback too
It’s important that your child also feels capable of giving feedback to his elders. It’ll make him feel important and respected. It’ll also activate his critical thinking since he’ll need to evaluate the behaviour/action of others and provide feedback on the same.
There are many ways to provide effective feedback for learning in kids. Effective communication leads to proper action and correction, and feedback is certainly the fuel that drives improved and enhanced performance. Do let us know how you provide feedback to your children and what impact you’ve noticed because of it. We’d love to hear about it.