The first fundamental principle of effective classroom feedback is that feedback should be more work for the recipient that the donor. Dylan William
When teachers build assessment for learning into their daily classroom practice, they plan discussions, tasks and activities that will provide evidence of learning. There are many simple, quick and effective ways to make assessment for learning an integral part of every day. It is important to remember that assessment for learning is not the specific strategy or tool, but how the information gathered from the tool is used.
Writing conferences offer opportunities for teachers to observe student learning and provide timely feedback. It is important to consider when, how much and what kind of feedback to give students in order to help them understand what they are doing well and what they need to work on next.
Watch as Penny Kittle works with three different students who are all at different stages of the writing production process.
|Teacher Maya Dougan listens in on group discussions to check whether or not students are on the right track. She is able to step in when needed to clarify misconceptions or ask a question that will move students forward in their thinking. Finding time to observe students and listen to their discussions provides feedback about learning as it is happening that teachers can use to adapt learning and teaching activities to the needs of the students.|
|Mary Sauve, has her grade 9 students create mind maps as a way of assessing what they understand about a particular concept. These mind maps also help students organize their thinking before starting on a project.|
Co-Constructing Assessement Criteria
"Crafting Feedback That Leads to Learning" discusses five techniques for giving feedback to help students improve their work.
TCEA offers information on Five Fabulous Formative Assessments for your Classroom.
Paul Emerich’s teaching blog offers information on creating assessment criteria in conjunction with his students.