Effective feedback animation

Effective feedback animation

Feedback is a powerful way to achieve improvement
in teaching and learning. It is an integral part of every teacher’s
practice and when used effectively can improve student learning by as much as eight months. As teachers and school leaders it’s essential
to understand what evidenced-based feedback if we’re to unlock the greatest
possible benefits for our students. So what does the research tell us about feedback
in teaching? Feedback is an ongoing process of goal setting,
gathering evidence about student learning and providing instruction that makes clear
the next actions to improve performance. Feedback can be given by the teacher, peers,
or the student themselves. Two evidence based models for feedback have
been developed by Hattie and Timperley and Black and William. Both models propose three important questions
for both the student and teacher to consider. Where is the learner going? Students and teachers need to be clear about
the learning goals and what success looks like. Goals need to be appropriately challenging
so the students can succeed and grow. Where is the learner right now? Evidence is gathered about the students’
knowledge, skills and performance relative to the learning goals and tasks. How does the learner get there? This involves clarifying the steps the student
needs to take to achieve the learning goals. If needed, the teacher adapts or changes the
teaching and learning activities to meet the student’s needs. Feedback can be directly related to the learning
task, which is useful, however, feedback about the processes underlying the task or about
how students self-regulate their learning is more powerful. So what are the benefits of effective feedback? Research indicates that effective feedback
can increase student effort and outcomes, lead to more effective learning strategies
and improve students’ self-regulation. The benefits for teachers are also significant. Effective feedback practices provide evidence
about student learning related to learning goals and the curriculum. This helps teachers understand the impact
of their teaching and, if needed, where to adapt strategies to better meet the needs
of their students. To improve and sustain good feedback practices
it is vital that educators work collaboratively. School leaders can support teachers by prioritizing
feedback and implementing a whole school approach, providing access to resources and opportunities
for professional learning and collaboration. Teachers can develop their feedback practices
by communicating clear learning goals, trialling activities that provide evidence of student
learning, planning for task process and self-regulated feedback, checking that students understand
and act on the feedback provided and working with colleagues to develop and refine feedback
practices. Feedback is evidence based and inexpensive
to implement. It offers a powerful approach to enriching
teacher practice and significantly enhancing student growth. For resources that will help you improve your
feedback practices visit aitsl.edu.au.

David Anderson

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