Engage: Engaging Students in Engineering recently published an article, “Boost Persistence with Encouragement,” detailing the importance of faculty feedback towards student retention. “Since faculty comments can make or break a student’s self-perception, a brief encouraging word from you can make the difference between a student switching majors or persevering” (Engage, 2014).
In the article, Engage highlights two areas of engagement:
- Encourage the class as a whole
- Encourage an individual student
In both cases, encouragement is seen as a tool to incorporate with evaluation.
To learn more about encouragement strategies in the classroom, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.