It goes without saying that students don’t improve unless they get high quality feedback in their work.
This feedback is not a one way process and is a part of what we have to develop to really understand how to become world class students. Effective feedback will certainly be a feature of any success in Project 20 and we want to share with you some thoughts on how this should look.
Teacher feedback– meaningful feedback that shows a clear progression of the students work is what we are constantly monitoring in the school. The marking policy (click below to read) outlines the nature of what we need to get from quality marking and why marking drives improvement.
Good marking shows evidence of feedback and as a consequence improvement. Marking and feedback is not the end of the process but the heart of the process for improvement.
Peer review and feedback– student assessment of each others work is powerful. It helps both students reflect and project as to how the learning can be developed and brought on. We always seek to use a simple methodology when peer critiquing- ‘KHS’
* Keep it ‘kind’; always start with something that is positive from the work- “I thought that your explanation of the process covered all of the key elements and gave a solid overview for the reader”
* Keep it ‘helpful‘; “If you were trying to engage the readers understanding at a higher level you may want to look at the structure of the answer; It can be helpful to ensure that you checklist that all steps are covered and you don’t assume the reader will spot gaps’.
* Keep it ‘specific’; “The specific example you chose may not have been the most helpful as it could give an ambiguous conclusion”.
Self review and feedback- Self review is extremely powerful as a method of driving your own improvement. It starts; as all good review and feedback must, with honesty and decency. Students can only effectively become powerful self reviewers when they are clear about feedback from their teacher and their peers.