Basically, feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal. Feedback is evidence about:
- FEED UP - Where am I going? (standards, exemplars, targets)
- FEEDBACK - How am I doing?
- FEED Forward - Where to next?
For effective feedback to occur, teachers need to know learning trajectories for students and to be clear on both "the why" and "the what" that they are teaching. Note that in everyday situations, goals are often implicit, although fairly obvious to everyone. I don't need to announce when telling the joke that my aim is to make you laugh. But in school, learners are often unclear about the specific goal of a task or lesson, so it is crucial to remind them about the goal and the criteria by which they should self-assess.
What kind of feedback do you have as a teacher? Feedback from the students or other observers is crucial for you to reflect on your practice. One of Hattie's points in his research, is the importance of teachers asking for feedback on their teaching. Asking your kids for feedback (written, verbally, surveys, etc.) can be powerful and can help us see learning through out students eyes. Questions such as:
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- Seven Keys to Effective Feedback - Check out this blog post, by respected educator Grant Wiggins (Understanding by Design/Backwards Planning) with useful info ration on providing useful and relevant feedback to students.