Soccer star Abby Wambach offered some good advice on what parents should say to their kids after watching them play in an athletic event.
I think it works great for those situations, and I also think that it can, with some slight modifications, also be useful for teachers.
I’d use it this way:
[After a student has demonstrated some good thinking, or written something particular impressive, etc.] I was very impressed when you ___________________. Every teacher, including me, loves to see that kind of work. How did it feel to you when you ________________________? What do you think you learned from doing _____________________________?
What do you think?