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Giving Corrective Feedback The Helpless Handraisers are the students that raise there hands everytime they are asked to do something on there own. Their attempts at independent practice are minimal and if we help them too much we are only reinforcing the behavior. This "Learned Helplessness" is an obstacle to working the crowd since it usually takes 4-5 minutes to help each student. Using Visual Instructional Plans (VIPs) reduces helpless handraiser syndrome. The visual graphics for each step of the lesson help remind the students of the procedures in a simple, clear, and permanent fashion with little assistance from the teacher.
Procedure: When giving feedback to students and assisting them with questions, Dr. Jones says to do the following:
Take a relaxing deep breath
Take a second relaxing deep breath while scanning the student’s work with a fresh eye and ask yourself: What has the student done right?
Ask: What do I want the student to do next?
Praise the student for what he or she has done correctly.
Prompt the student to look at the next step on the VIPs for the lesson by beginning your statement with “The next thing to do is…”
Leave after you give the prompt; do not wait for the student to carry out the prompt.
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