Room Setup: Make sure the room is set up with groups of desks or tables, ideally with an even number of chairs in each group. Throughout the lesson, participants will need to be able to easily be paired off and at other times need to be able to discuss with their small group.
Welcome and introduce yourself. Present topic for session.
Stress that everyone sitting in the room knows that they should be providing feedback. However, if we know how to improve our academic feedback so that it is as effective as possible, it will make a substantial difference in improving student achievement.
Have someone read quote from slide. Instruct everyone to really think for a few seconds how powerful this is.
Present clear target.
Presenter’s Directions: (Total time: 5 minutes) Ask participants to pair off with one person staying seated and the partner standing directly behind them facing their seated partner. Pass out one blank sheet of paper and a pencil to the seated participant. Instruct the group that this short activity will demonstrate the power of effective feedback in reaching a goal successfully. It will also let the seated participant experience the role of the student as he/she receives feedback and the standing participant experience giving feedback to reach a desired goal. Inform the pairs that you will be handing a picture (everyone’s is the same) to the standing participant. They should NOT allow their partner to ever see the picture. They will be given three minutes to verbally describe the picture to the seated person. Remind them that they can talk, give as much detail as they want, and look at what their partner is drawing, but that they can NOT use their hands in any way. The seated person will listen and draw the picture based on their partner’s description. They MAY talk back and ask questions or ask for clarification. Ask if anyone needs more direction and if not, go ahead and pass out the pictures to the standing person. Start a timer for 3 minutes and announce for participants to begin. Call time, pencils down, and allow the seated person to see the original drawing. Draw attention to the symbolism of the flower representing the student outcome and how its success is directly tied to the feedback received. Take up pencils.
Pass out one index card to each participant for a quick pre-assessment. Ask participants to individually list as many one-word characteristics of effective feedback as possible on their index card. Set timer for 1 minute and have participants begin. Call time, and then ask participants to discuss with their small group what they came up with and narrow it down as a group to the 2 most important characteristics. (at the presenter’s discretion: may need to change to only 1 characteristic based on time and size of whole group) Allow each group to share out their top characteristic(s) while presenter records the results on the sideboard (or document reader if you want to switch between it and the ppt).
Academic feedback is more strongly and
consistently related to achievement than any
other teaching behavior….This relationship
is consistent regardless of grade,
socioeconomic status, race, or school
setting. ~ Bellon, Bellon & Blank
We can differentiate between
effective and ineffective academic
• Pair up, one seated and one standing directly behind.
• Seated person will receive pencil and a blank piece of
• Wait for further instruction.
• You will have 3 minutes to complete this activity once
the timer starts.
• (1 minute) Individually, list as many characteristics of
effective academic feedback as you can.
• (2 minutes) Discuss each list as a group & decide on
the top 2 most important characteristics.
WAYS IN WHICH WE RESPOND TO
Evaluation – providing information by making a value judgment
that rates, evaluates, praises, or criticizes what was done.
Advice – letting a student know what you think they should do.
Feedback – providing specific information about how a student is
doing in his/her efforts to reach a goal.
7 KEYS TO EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK
Learner knows whether they are on track towards a
goal or need to change course.
2) TANGIBLE & TRANSPARENT
Learner can understand exactly how your feedback
relates to the task at hand.
Learners know specifically what actions to take to
move towards his/her goal.
Learner finds the feedback appropriate to his/her
Learner receives feedback while the attempt and effect
are still fresh in his/her mind.
Learner has multiple opportunities to learn and
improve towards the ultimate goal.
Learner can adjust his/her performance based on
stable, accurate, and trust-worthy feedback.
EFFECTIVE VS. INEFFECTIVE
• Pair up with someone from your group.
• Read each example, and based on the key characteristics,
determine if it’s EFFECTIVE or INEFFECTIVE.
Effective Feedback Ineffective Feedback
EFFECTIVE VS. INEFFECTIVE
• With your partner, focus on the examples deemed “ineffective” and
improve them to make them more effective.
• Record your improved examples on the provided handout.
• Share your results with the others in your group and provide
feedback to them.
THE POWER OF EFFECTIVE
Dayna, this is the butterfly video. I had to include just a link so that I could email it
to you. It will be embedded in the actual ppt.)
“7 Keys to Effective Feedback” Educational Leadership,
ASCD; Volume 70, Issue 1, September 2012.