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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • February 17, 2016

25 Things to Say Instead of “Good Job” to a Student Who Has Worked Hard


You might have already read our piece on what a waste it is to tell a student “good job.” There are so many other options for constructive, meaningful feedback that does more than offer a pat on the back.

We brainstormed 25 examples that don’t just say “well done.” These examples praise the hard work, grit, and practice that goes into student work. May it inspire the feedback you offer this week.

  1. You earned this grade. I can see the effort you put into the final product.

  2. It’s clear you worked hard on this. It shows.

  3. I like your voice/tone throughout this piece. It’s natural and easy to read - shows that you invested in careful editing. Kudos.

  4. You really have a handle on this. The studying paid off and you should be proud.

  5. This is much better than our last assignment. I can see the improvement - can you? 

  6. [Specific example] shows me that you practiced and studied before you turned this in. And it makes me really excited to see what your next assignment will look like. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  7. I can see you know what you’re doing here. Your practice shines through.

  8. This is solid work and it’s obvious that a lot of work went into this. Congrats. Let’s keep it going.

  9. This shows growth and improvement. Especially [insert example]. More of the same next time, please!

  10. Thank you for the work you put into this assignment. Your grit shows here and you should feel good about what you handed in.

  11. This is the product of someone who worked hard and doubled checked their assignment before handing it in. Thank you for that and solid work.

  12. Hard work pays off - clearly. This is a quality submission that shows understanding and practice.

  13. I can see the time you put into this assignment because [example]. This grade is earned. Looking forward to more from you.

  14. [Specific example] shows me the time, energy, and editing that went into this submission. And it’s an example of how you earned this grade. Keep this up.

  15. Be proud. You earned this grade. This is the submission of someone who worked hard. Keep this up as we move forward.

  16. I’m excited to see more of this from you. [Example] shows careful editing, practice, and mastery.

  17. The improvement I’m seeing in this piece is really exciting. Hope you feel/see it, too.

  18. This grade is 100% deserved. Thanks for the work you put into this. Hope to see more of [example] next time around.

  19. Feel good about the work you turned in. It’s careful, accurate, and thoughtfully done. I can always see where hard work was put in.

  20. Practice makes perfect. Huge improvement and obvious that practice went into your final product. Keep at it. Excited to see your next assignment.

  21. [Specific example] shows how you’ve grown since our last assignment. Keep pushing, keep working. I’m pumped to see the growth that will no doubt be in your next submission.

  22. It’s so exciting to watch your work improve. A lot of care was put into this submission and it’s better than what you’ve previously done in this class. Keep doing this. Looking forward to your next submission.

  23. This is what happens when you study. Be proud of this one. You should be.

  24. I know that a lot of effort went into this. [Specific example] shows me that time and care was put into this assignment. And you know what? It’s better than your previous work. Kudos to you. Want to see more of this. Can’t wait.

  25. I’m pumped about this. Are you? So much improvement from last time around. I can feel the work that went into this. Stay gritty. This is good stuff.

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