Feedback is an inevitable part of teaching. Naturally, you’re in a position where you’re giving a whole lot of feedback, but you’re likely on the receiving end of feedback as well. We’ve all been on the receiving end of feedback in various aspects of our lives, and I’m sure we’ve all experienced some feedback that was less than desirable – for a variety of reasons. Even if the feedback itself is inherently negative, the delivery and process of the feedback doesn’t have to be.
The handy infographic below (from ASCD) offers 7 important things to remember about feedback. These are important items to remember both when you’re giving and getting feedback. Keep reading to learn more.
7 Things To Remember About Classroom Feedback
- Feedback is not advice, praise or evaluation. Feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal.
- If students know the classroom is a safe place to make mistakes, they are more likely to use feedback for learning.
- The feedback students give teachers can be more powerful than the feedback teachers give students.
- When we give a grade as a part of feedback, students often don’t see past the grade.
- Effective feedback occurs during the learning, when there is still time to act on it.
- Most of the feedback that students receive about their classroom work is from other students – and most of that feedback is wrong.
- Students need to know their learning target – the specific skill they’re supposed to learn – or else feedback is just someone telling them what to do.