Teacher to student feedback can take many forms (comments, scores, highlights, etc.). Dylan Wiliam has said, “Good feedback causes thinking.” So whatever form you choose for your feedback, think about how can it further the learning of your students. After all, if students aren’t digesting and learning from feedback, what good is it?
Teacher feedback should be constructive, specific, actionable, and limited to one or two areas for growth. If we give students feedback in too many areas, they can become overwhelmed and not process any of it. Additionally, If we give too vague of feedback, like “good job” or “nice work” they learn nothing. The sweet spot is to help them notice an area (or two) for growth, give them a suggestion or pose a question, and then give them the opportunity to implement that change. Good teacher feedback has the opportunity to maximize and deepen the learning while our students are participating in BLS @ Home.
Thank you Stephen Duval, Principal at Cascade Middle School, for contributing to this page!