How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn. How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn by Justin Chando To tell a student “great job”or “this needs work” is a missed opportunity.
Everyone loves to hear they did a great job. And perhaps your student really did nail this latest assignment. But the problem with “great job” is this: it’s not specific. We were recently talking about this example among ourselves at Chalkup as we mulled over the future of feedback and assessment. We thought it might be interesting to take Wiggin’s list a step further and think through how to make these qualities actionable, asking ourselves what strategies look like for keeping feedback solid across the board. It is goal-oriented. 7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback. 7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away.
Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our site. Occasionally, we are going to go back and re-share his most memorable posts. Yesterday we shared an article on close reading, and today Grant looks at providing better feedback for learning. Whether or not the feedback is just “there” to be grasped or offered by another person, all the examples highlight seven key characteristics of helpful feedback. The Problem with “Formative Assessment Tools” (part 1 of 2) The Problem It started with generally clunky and overpriced “student clickers” by such brands as SMART Technologies and Einstruction, and over the past few years it has transitioned into slick apps like Socrative, Kahoot!
, and Plickers. Part 2: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities. Welcome to post number two in a series devoted to formative learning (assessment).
In this post I showcase some tools that can assist in both providing interactive quizzes/check ups and useful feedback that is essential in a classroom focused on student centered formative learning. Please keep in mind these are only tools and are best utilized through the important art of teaching. Do you have some formative tools to share… please let me know and I will share them in an upcoming post. Please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. 10 Formative Assessments Tech Tools to Put to the Test in 2015. Students require constant feedback in order to be actively engaged and strive towards growth while learning new concepts.
Technology, as an instructional tool, can be especially powerful when used to conduct formative assessments. Why? Because technology has the ability to provide feedback instantly. Feedback must be timely, personalized, and specific in order for it to truly transform our classrooms. 53 Ways to Check for Understanding. 5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback.
In recent years, research has confirmed what most teachers already knew: providing students with meaningful feedback can greatly enhance learning and improve student achievement.
Professor James Pennebaker from the University of Texas at Austin has been researching the benefits of frequent testing and the feedback it leads to. He explains that in the history of the study of learning, the role of feedback has always been central. When people are trying to learn new skills, they must get some information that tells them whether or not they are doing the right thing. Learning in the classroom is no exception. Both the mastery of content and, more importantly, the mastery of how to think require trial-and-error learning. The downside, of course, is that not all feedback is equally effective, and it can even be counterproductive, especially if it's presented in a solely negative or corrective way. 33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom. I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom.
Assessment – How are we monitoring student learning and performance? Instructional Fluency: 10 Digital Tools for Formative Assessments. When it comes to technology for assessment, the options can be overwhelming.
Digital tools ... Work well on different devices, Specialize in a variety of tasks, and Vary in difficulty to learn. I recommend exploring a few and choosing one to try for at least three months. Sometimes trying too many digital tools can take a lot of time. If one doesn't work well for your pedagogical needs, try something else. 1. Sign up is only one click with a Google account, and students can join their teacher's class.
I use Quizlet for homework and practice checks to guide lesson planning. 2. No batteries. With Plickers, teachers can easily insert selected response items to check for understanding, and kids love the results graph because they can instantly see how they measure up to the class. 3. Current events is an item on our homework menu, but for the longest time I couldn't figure out a way for students to share links to articles. 6 Practical Formative Assessment Tips. 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips. Snapshots Of Understanding?
10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips by Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology, Notre Dame of Maryland University Do they get it? After an instructional lesson is over, educators are left with a classroom full of students looking at them. Did my students get the lesson? Are there any ideas, concepts or skills they are still unsure of? Formative Assessment Is Transformational! The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class.
February 25, 2015 Formative assessment, as we have agreed elsewhere, is assessment for learning which is completely different from summative assessment, which is assessment of learning.
The insights gained from formative assessments are usually used to decide on the next instructional steps and also inform teachers as to the additional opportunities needed to ensure students' success. Examples of formative assessment include: assigning projects and performances, giving writing assignments, and asking questions. 50+ Ways to Do Formative Assessment in Class. Excellent Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit for Teachers. February 10, 2015 I just came across this timely poster shared on a Google Plus post by Mickey McFetridge. This visual, titled Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit, features four practical ways to document learning using mobile technology.
Two days ago I shared here a list of some of the best iPad apps to help students document and show their learning and this poster clicks in perfectly with that post. What I liked the most about this poster is the last line in it which reads “the process is the product”. Assessment. 56 Examples of Formative Assessment. Rethink How We Assess Group Research. My brilliant colleague from Brazil, Silvana Meneghini, was wrapping her mind around group research at the high school level.
In a FaceTime call she expressed her frustration of traditional assessment methods, Assessing a final product, a group presentation, or via a peer evaluation of “how much did your classmate contribute?” Did not do the necessary skills of modern research collaboration via social bookmarking, network or other web2.0/3.0 tools justice. In her guest post below, you will not only find a great documentation of her process, but she also shares an infographic making different levels of student participation visible from cooperation to collaboration and makes her own collaborative research process (search, share, feedback, revision) visible.
I would highly suggest adding Silvana’s blog Comundo to your RSS reader. Rethink How We Assess Group ResearchA guest post by Dr. Group work is typically very difficult for students. Related. Research_brief_05_-_Formative_Assessment.