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Best of the Best: Feedback
By Isabella Wallace
Professor Dylan Wiliam points out the importance of formative assessment as a means of enabling the teacher to make evidence-based decisions about each student's needs.
Art Costa and Robert Garmston challenge the notion that feedback should be about giving praise.
Professor Bill Lucas argues that we must give students the opportunity and choice to accept or reject the feedback advice that we offer them.
Diana Laufenberg places an emphasis on the importance of making time to give detailed, face-to-face feedback against the assessment criteria to each individual student.
Paul Dix provides a detailed account of the use of student wristbands, on which they can record the useful feedback they have been given.
Taylor Mali makes a case for the significance of his own variation on feedback, which he refers to as 'feedfront' - giving clear instructions and setting clear goals before a task even begins.
Ron Berger advocates the importance of giving individual, descriptive feedback on specific aspects of student work or performance and of avoiding general, holistic statements such as 'good work'.
Andy Griffith describes feedback as a two-way process and argues that its success is determined not only by the way feedback is given but also in the way it is received.
Barry Hymer argues that simple praise and reward only serve to keep the teacher in control, thereby robbing the student of self-efficacy.
Jackie Beere focuses on how best to encourage a positive response to feedback.
Mike Gershon illustrates the point that feedback is not a one-off response but a continuing process or dialogue.
Professor Mick Waters suggests inviting students to award points to teachers based on the teacher's effectiveness in helping the student to learn.
Geoff Petty cites praise as one of the key factors for effective learning.
Shirley Clarke proposes that it is feedback from learners to teachers which constitutes the most significant and productive means of supporting and improving students' learning experience.
Seth Godin suggests that feedback should offer an analysis rather than simply an opinion.
Phil Beadle argues that focused praise should be considered a very important element when giving feedback. Do you want to keep this?
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