Learning and Teaching at Gilson College

Learning for living, Character for life, Hope for the Future

‘Making Time for Feedback’ by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

Leave a comment

More on formative assessment and feedback from ASCD’s September 2012 edition of Educational Leadership journal:

‘Feedback for Learning’

Douglas and Nancy write:

‘Teachers don’t need to mark every mistake a student makes. Here re some smart ways to save time and give great feedback.

Ask any teacher what he or she needs more of, and it’s a good bet that time will top the list. Anything that promises to recoup a little bit of our workday time is sure to be a best seller.

One overlooked time-saver is in how we use feedback. Teachers know that feedback is important for teaching and learning. Unfortunately, most secondary teachers have far too many students to make it realistic to provide individual, face-to-face feedback, so they rely on written feedback to do the heavy lifting. In an attempt to provide students with information about their performance regularly, they grade papers until the wee hours, writing carefully constructed comments in the margin.

Too often, this type of feedback transfers the responsibility for learning back to students, who have little understanding of what they need to do next…’ READ ON…

Two videos are also attached to the article:

1. EL editor-in-chief Marge Scherer’s interview with Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

2. Algebra teacher Ben Teichman from Health Sciences High in San Diego answers Nancy Frey‘s questions about feedback

Source: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept12/vol70/num01/Making-Time-for-Feedback.aspx#interview

Related articles:

‘Feedback for Learning: Seven Keys to Effective Feedback’, Grant Wiggins in Educational Leadership (gilsoncollegelandt.wordpress.com)
Seven Keys to Effective Feedback (annmic.wordpress.com)

Author: Sandra England

Learning & Teaching Coordinator F-12 at Gilson College, an Adventist Schools Victoria school. Twitter: @GCLandT or @sandy_e

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s