Throw out your red pen and correct in yellow. Correct only the ones that are right. Those that are left unmarked indicate a need for do-overs to get things right and will allow all students multiple opportunities to reach proficiency. This responsive strategy sends a clear message to students: you care about them and their work.
We need to “de-criminalize” mistakes and failures. Students need to learn that making mistakes and failing is a normal part of life, and not anything to fear. Creating an environment that is safe to talk about failures and problem-solving promotes the notion that honest errors are viewed as great learning opportunities to get things right. Good failures offer students some of life’s best lessons. Students need to know that good failures coupled with growth-producing feedback help them know what they need to do to correct their work. Remind students that the greatest thinkers in history, i.e., Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Dr. Salk, and The Wright Brothers (to name a few) experienced their share of setbacks, failures, and disappointments.