The “Look Again” folder is a non-verbal signal to students that they have made some mistakes on their work but corrections can be made. Inside the folder, the students find their paper in the left-hand pocket marked “Look Again”, along with a simple direction card or post it note that tells them exactly what they need to do to fix the errors. No marks appear on their papers, so students can change the answers without worrying about the red marks remaining. When they are finished making corrections, they place the paper in the folder in the right-side pocket marked “I’m done”, and return the folder to the teacher.
Several students in my Learning Support class become very upset when I make corrections on their papers. I’ve tried calling them up to my desk for a private review of their errors, and they still cry, protest, or shut down. How can I get them to fix their mistakes without the negative reactions?