Educator Reflection Tips

Educator Reflection Tip #64: Are you giving “focused feedback” to students?

What is focused feedback?

When we return to school, it will not be business as usual. Many students lost at least nine-weeks of instructional time. When you think about all of the skills/concepts that are taught towards the end of the year…new skills, review of all skills, vertical teaming skills to prepare students for the transition to the new grade, we can’t afford to spend the summer having fun. It is vitally important for us to sit down and carefully plan out all aspects of instruction. This planning includes our routine for giving feedback. Let’s reflect on your current practice. How do you currently give feedback to students? Is it planned or given informally in real-time? How effective is it? Based on your answers, will you be able to use your current method regardless of whether you are teaching students virtually or in-person. Many students will have had numerous bouts of instability and trauma by the time we return to school. It will be important for teachers to provide stable routines. As educators it is imperative that we think through the routines that we will implement next year. We should make sure that regardless of whether or not we have to intermittently change the school environment, the classroom routines and procedures remain the same. This will help our students social and emotional well-being, which will in turn help them to concentrate on their schoolwork.

What is focused feedback? Focused feedback is information that is given to students which lets them know how close they are to reaching an academic goal and or guidance given to help students reach an academic goal.

What is your routine for giving “focused feedback” to students?

Other questions to consider when planning focused feedback for students are:

  1. Is your feedback specific and academically-focused?
  2. How timely is your feedback?
  3. Will you give feedback to students privately or in a whole-group setting? Will it be given written or orally?
  4. How will you tailor your feedback to the individual student? Based on what you know about the student, have you considered his/her needs and thought about what the student’s reactions will be?
  5. How will you question the student? Will you begin by asking the student questions so that you can learn about their thinking or will you wait until after giving feedback to the student? Will you question the student near the end of your feedback conversation?

These questions or considerations could help you clear up misconceptions.

As always, I have included follow-up resources if you are interested in learning more about this topic. If you are interested in reading my other Education Reflection Tips, visit my blog, See you next Friday!!!!

Follow-up Resources:
How to Provide Effective Feedback to Students

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