Keyword Feedback, Messages

 In Professional Development, Tips for Teachers

Communicating with key words helps teachers maximize the potential influence of feedback they provide to students. Similarly, how teachers use key words can also help them maximize parent-teacher interactions. The following video highlights the power of (using key) words.

In TeacherReady, we coach teacher candidates on the practice of developing key-worded messages to both parents and students. When teachers and school leaders key word their messages when connecting with parents, they help reduce a parent’s anxiety and let him/her know that they care about them and their child and believe that their input is important. Our research and the meta-analysis research of Hattie (2009) suggest “feedback” as an essential teaching practice that increases student learning. Specifically, Hattie’s findings support need to:

Offer feedback (teachers to students, students to students)

Offer feedback loops between teacher and student on small units of well-defined, appropriately sequenced instruction.

The quality and type of feedback, the time at which the feedback is provided, and the way teachers key word messages to students will determine if students stay engaged in the learning process and better yet, own their learning.


We invite you to share your experience giving (or receiving) feedback that impacted you; share as a message or on our Facebook page at

The Power of Words available and accessed via YouTube 5/9/2016 here:

Hattie, John. 2009. Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement. New York, NY: Routledge.

Become a teacher with the assistance of TeacherReady. TeacherReady offers individuals an opportunity to earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida; it was developed by teachers for teachers and is a member of the NCATE/CAEP accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. For more information, contact us at 850-898-3949 or visit our Facebook page.

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