A great peer review assignment is open-ended. A closed-ended question is a closed door. Open-ended assignments are an invitation to think critically and creatively about a topic. There is a time and place in instruction and assessment for closed-ended questions – we need to know what our students can recall and understand before we know they’re…… Continue reading Writing Strong Criteria for Peer Review
Over winter break, Floop co-founder Melanie and I had the privilege of talking with prominent feedback researcher Dr. Naomi Winstone. Her research has discovered that feedback interventions all seem to target at least one of four metacognitive skills, described by the SAGE process, and hypothesizes that a holistic approach to developing feedback systems should target…… Continue reading Floop Team & Dr. Naomi Winstone: What does the research say about feedback best practices?
This week I want to share a quick story of a student comment that I’ve been chewing on. I have a student in my 8th grade science class who I really enjoy working with. She’s funny and frank and a few days ago she said something that just kills me: “Sorry Ms. Witcher, but I…… Continue reading “Sorry Ms. Witcher, but I hate science.”
Useful feedback is… Anatomy of Useful Feedback
Today is a quick post with some free stuff! 1. Growth Report Google Sheet Get It Here If you’re interested in producing a richer, more useful “grade” (i.e. growth) report for students, try this Google sheet template. You’ll need some intermediate Google sheets/ Excel skills and it works best if you’re already using standards based…… Continue reading 3 Free Feedback Tools You’ve Never Heard Of
Success in the real world depends on a person’s ability to iterate. to understand the definition of success on a taskto seek feedback early and oftento use that feedback to revise and refine until successful As teachers, its our job to scaffold this process, with developmentally-appropriate differentiation, until our students can fly solo. As I…… Continue reading A Culture of Iteration: Policies and Practices for a Revision-Focused Classroom
We give our students a lot of feedback to guide their growth — but do we do a good job of seeking and using feedback ourselves? Over the winter break of 2015, I was somewhat startled to find myself searching the internet for career alternatives that would take me out of the classroom. I was…… Continue reading Not Just for Students: Using a Feedback Loop to Improve Your Teaching Practice