Be explicit when you’re making suggestions to student work, rather than corrections, so your students understand the difference and that it is okay to disagree with your suggestions.

  • Give students autonomy to assert their own opinion and distinguish between corrective and suggestive feedback.
  • Helping students students cultivate their own opinions and stand up for them contributes to a classroom built around equity and respect.
  • Explain to students when you are making a suggestion. Students should know that:
    • They aren’t required to take suggestions.
    • You won’t be checking their work for the suggestions you made.
  • Be explicit about why you think your opinion would be an improvement, just be sure not to push too hard on the subject.