In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’ll be looking at resources to help teachers understand and incorporate descriptive feedback on a regular basis. Just click on the links below to be taken to the resource.
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to view the abundance of resources on the EduGAINS website, then I highly suggest you check it out right away! If you are struggling with assessment for and as learning, then this site has so many resources for your teaching and learning.
This short two page article illustrates the importance of feedback by telling the story of one school’s journey to apply meaningful feedback (aside: this school is part of our board!). Tips are given at the end to help teachers incorporate descriptive feedback in their classes.
In this blog post, three different tools are used to provide descriptive feedback: Livescribe Pen, Google Docs, and Snowball Mic. I like how technology is being used as the vehicle for providing descriptive feedback.
If you’re still unsure about assessment for learning, this slideshow takes you through the six areas of assessment for learning and provides examples of effective descriptive feedback.
I found this article by Anne Davies effective because it uses an example of a teacher going through the process of providing descriptive feedback with her students and how they together develop a list of “what good readers do” and then they created a recording sheet together. What a meaningful and engaging way to make students active leaners and contributors!
This chart provides three sample teacher comments for three different Social Studies assignments. You’ll notice that for each teacher comment, it is directly tied to the specific curriculum expectation. The comments provide positive aspects of the students work, as well as points of reflection, next steps, and areas to consider.
A great video to display descriptive feedback in action!
Susan M. Brookhart provides detailed information regarding various dimensions of feedback, including timing, amount, mode, and audience. For each dimension, she provides examples of good and bad feedback with a discussion explaining each set.
A great article about the key differences between assessment for learning (similar to the role of a coach) and assessment of learning (similar to the role of a judge).
This is absolutely fantastic! It summarizes everything you need to know about effective feedback!
A very thorough research article that looks at the impact various teaching innovations and methods have on student learning. It references John Hattie’s research in 1992, which shows that the “most powerful single moderator that enhances achievement is feedback. The most simple prescription for improving education must be ‘dollops of feedback’” (p.4).
Atherton J S (2011) Teaching and Learning; What works best [On-line: UK] retrieved 4 March 2013 from http://www.learningandteaching.info/teaching/what_works.htm
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