Great Palfish Feedback

How to Write Good Palfish Feedback

Writing good feedback is crucial to retaining students and increasing bookings when teaching English online. Great feedback also helps you sell packages to trial students. But, sometimes writing thorough feedback can be overwhelming for online English teachers. Especially on assessment days. On assessments, Palfish expects you to write very thorough feedback. The best way to do this is to go to “homework” and cut and paste the review of the lesson. Then, make each category its own subsection in the feedback that you write. Add emojiis like stars ⭐ or medals 🥇 to make your feedback pop and also to organize it. This will help flesh out your feedback and make it content-heavy. See below:

Example of Palfish Feedback

Teresa, you were an excellent student today! It was lovely meeting you. I enjoyed chatting with you and getting to know you. You received an A-plus on the test today. I enjoyed describing funny images of weddings with you today. I liked the penguin wedding. They were so happy! Have you ever been to a wedding?! You did a great job with these tasks:

🏅Pronunciation : Excellent use of phobic sounds, Teresa. You identified the phonic sounds very well. You could hear and identify the: 

ir, ur, sounds 

🏅Great use of phrases: you did very well using all of these phrases to complete the dialogue today: 

help clean, go to a wedding, eat out, play outside, go to the dentist, watch a movie, shop for food, go on vacation, once, twice, three times

🏅culture and social studies: you did a great job describing companies and their ad campaigns. We discussed advertisements and slogans and jingles. Do you have a favorite jingle 🎵? We even talked about Freddy the orange fish, which is the Palfish logo. He’s very cute 🥰 

🏅 Ordinal terms: great use of first second and third. You did a good job describing actions in sequence by using words like first, next, and then. 

🏅 Culture: It was very fun to discuss superstitions with you. You read the reading passage about Chinese superstitions very well. We talked about lucky and unlucky numbers. 

For more practice, I suggest researching “Groundhog day”.

Groundhog Day is a popular American tradition observed in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks; but if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.

You can also watch the movie “Groundhog day”. It is a very popular movie. It is about a day that just reoccurs forever. 

I look forward to teaching you again soon! I hope to be your regular teacher. Send me messages any time. 

-Thank you, Teacher Ingrid

How to tell students what to improve on Palfish

Note that for the “ways to improve” section, if the student did an excellent job and there are no real improvements, I sometimes offer a film related to the lesson or an extension activity that I think they can do and enjoy.

Bottom Line: Writing great feedback is important but doesn’t have tot be hard. Use a template to help you bu the sure to adjust it and make it personal by using the students name often and being specific about the lesson. In your feedback, be sure to say what the student did well, what they can improve, but also specifically how they can improve this and what you will teach them next time. Then, express your thanks that the parent or student chose you and be direct and ask them to choose you again.

Happy Grading.

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Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL
Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL

Ingrid Maria Pimsner has been teaching for over a decade in various universities, nonprofits, and private academies. She has taught English as a Second Language for Lutheran Children & Family Service, Nationalities Service Center, Lernstudio Barbarossa Berlin-Tegel, and more. In addition to her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Art.