Feedback – why it’s important and how to give it

John Hattie’s research states clearly that giving students feedback is one of the most effective ways to help students progress.

Typically in a government school, students receive no feedback about their learning, nor any advice about how to improve.

So following our 1st term exams, we did a short training session on what makes good feedback. I shared three simple rules:

  • be quick (give feedback as soon as possible)
  • be positive
  • be specific

I asked teachers to write their specific feedback on students’ exam papers, and it’s been good to see some teachers doing this with the exams…

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but also continuing to do this in their day-to-day teaching. Here’s an example from one of our excellent English teachers:

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The video above shows how I gave my English students feedback on their exams, with the help of… my students! Password: janauddhar

We still have a long way to go though. A week after the training, some teachers were still writing this kind of general and unhelpful feedback.

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