Digital Teaching and Learning
February 24, 2021
How can I ensure that feedback is consistently academically focused, frequent, and high-quality?
"The link between feedback and assessment is a strong one. Assessment drives feedback, as evidenced in each time a teacher checks for understanding and responds to what has been observed. Even better, assessments used formatively shape feedback and instruction as the teacher determines what needs to be learned next in the face of what has been and what has not yet been learned. Feedback drives learning, as the student utilizes the feedback to improve performance. Grades are derived from performance on assessments that are used summatively."
Planning documents to support feedback:
- What are your goals for feedback and evaluation? How do you assess whether you have achieved these goals? (PDF)
- What do you need to do to provide high-information feedback? (PDF)
Source: Fisher, Frey, and Hattie (2021) Distance learning playbook.
Application of This Strategy
- Utilize shared documents to allow for feedback, modification, and shared ownership.
- Hold office hours for both in-person and virtual students to seek feedback and assistance.
- Plan to conduct regular one-on-one check-ins with students in all learning spaces to give academic feedback.
- Provide written and recorded feedback aligned to the lesson objective using available multimedia tools.
Short videos that showcase feedback strategies:
Emily Briggs, middle school teacher, shares a strategy for using immediate feedback to "unlock" content for students.
Student Choice in Feedback
Mike Griffith, middle school teacher, explains his method for allowing students choice in how they will receive teacher feedback.
Polling to Respond to Questions
Kelly Jester, middle school teacher, describes how she uses Office 365 Forms at the beginning of her lesson to engage students and gather feedback to inform her instruction.
Creating a Classroom Environment that Embraces the Learning Process
Amber Wilson, middle school teacher, shares how she uses FlipGrid to support instructional goals, providing feedback to individual learners, allowing students to provide feedback to one another, which encourages individual growth.
Using Audio-Video Feedback with itslearning Assignment
Alyssa King shares how itslearning Assignment audio and video feedback tools provide a more personalized response to students. Students are more likely to improve and set goals when a teacher responds to them in a positive light, during the process of creation, on which students can improve. Example: "You provided an account of the event at the beginning of the paper which sets the context for the reader. What's missing so far is information about earlier events that foreshadowed what happened."
Hybrid Learning Strategies Webinars
Various sessions with an elementary and secondary focus on hybrid learning strategies will be offered to teachers throughout the mornings of February 26, March 5, March 12, and March 19. Sessions will support educators as they prepare for learning and teaching in a hybrid environment. These sessions will incorporate strategies that highlight collaboration, communication, assessment, and engagement. Additional details and registration is available in HECTOR.
- Who: All Teachers and Instructional Staff
- What: Hybrid Learning Strategies Webinar
- When: Fridays in from February 26 – March 19
Friday, February 26, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Friday, March 29, 2021
Register in Hector for your sessions.