Feedback is one of the most important components of formative assessment. It is the lynchpin in the three formative questions (i.e., "Where am I going?" "Where am I now?" and "What do I do next?"). Effective feedback helps students understand where they are now and what to do next. Not all feedback is effective. General praise doesn't help students understand these questions. Student feedback is best when it is descriptive, timely, and expressed in terms of criteria for good work. Feedback should also be given in a tone that suggests that the student is an active learner and not a passive follower of directions.
Goals for Session 4
- Understand recommended choices about providing effective feedback on student work.
- Develop skills for giving effective feedback.