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Feedback versus Advice

Advice is intended to help in the future. While feedback may provide insight into potential future actions, it address past behaviors and results.

The distinction between advice and feedback is important. Advice can be valuable, particularly for novices.Having a mentor suggest actions to take can be helpful. On the other hand, advice can work against self-efficacy and motivation to change.

Unlike advice, feedback is objective, specific, and descriptive. It describes, objectively, what was seen during the observation, including specifics such as what the teacher said and how the children responded.

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