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Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

My pyp coordinator made me rethink on how to give feedback to my students. You might want to check also the link below on the seven keys to effective feedback by Grant Wiggins.

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

I would like to highlight some important lines in the article:

  • Advice, evaluation, grades—none of these provide the descriptive information that students need to reach their goals. What is true feedback—and how can it improve learning?
  • Effective feedback is concrete, specific, and useful; it provides actionable information. Thus, “Good job!” and “You did that wrong” and B+ are not feedback at all.
  • Any useful feedback system involves not only a clear goal, but also tangible results related to the goal.
  • Even if feedback is specific and accurate in the eyes of experts or bystanders, it is not of much value if the user cannot understand it or is overwhelmed by it.
  • In most cases, the sooner you gave feedback, the better.
  • Although the universal teacher lament that there’s no time for such feedback is understandable, remember that “no time to give and use feedback” actually means “no time to cause learning.”
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