This week I am in the middle of marking an internal assessment. As teachers, we spend a great deal of our time marking and giving feedback to our students about their progress and how they can improve. I often wonder if the comments that I am making to students are being used for improvement or whether they just look at the grade and then shove their test/essay into their folder and never look at it again. I have been considering how I can make sure that the time we spend giving feedback is meaningful?
The following seem to be worthwhile:
- It is good to critically analyse the feedback that you are giving at the moment. Is it worthwhile? Is it being used by the students for improved achievement?
- Even if your students are not using learning logs it is vital that any feedback that students get from you is understood and synthesised. GIVE THEM TIME TO READ: When you hand work back to your students give them time to read your comments and ask questions about them. Then they should summarise the comment in their own words and formulate THREE goals for their next piece of learning.
- BEFORE the next test/assessment give the students time to look at their goals. Five minutes before the end of the test/assessment tell students to write in the margins where they think they have met their goals.
- When students hand work in for marking get them to indicate on a continuum how much effort they put in.
- Allow the students to work collaboratively. While drafting, my students have enjoyed this process of working together and creating a scaffold. They also enjoy the blended conferencing process.