Ubiquitous at best. Overused and cliché at worst. Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started to notice it everywhere. I’d say “great” when a student offered a response, “great” when she really dug in and started working, “great” on the margins of papers — all over the margins of papers.
Because I was using "great" to describe everything
, I wasn’t actually saying anything. Our feedback, our praise, our gentle nudging, is most effective when we are deliberate with our words and precise in our communication.Take a look at what I’ve come up with
for alternatives to "great,"and then share your ideas. I can’t wait to hear what YOU will add to this list!