13 Resources on the Keys to Effective Feedback

13 Resources on the Keys to Effective Feedback

Effective student feedback consists of a few key elements that bring about positive change in student performance. Just as adults need clear directions and reviews when learning new skills, students need to have goal-oriented, user-friendly, timely, and consistent feedback. Learn specific strategies tied to these keys from Susan M. Brookhart, Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey, Grant Wiggins, and other education experts with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®.

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The Secret of Effective Feedback (Educational Leadership)

Dylan Wiliam describes how teachers can make feedback more useful by (1) assigning tasks that illuminate student thinking; (2) considering feedback as detective work for students, and (3) building students’ capacity for self-assessment.

Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback (Book chapter)

Educators should provide feedback on tasks that are related to the learning objectives. This way, students understand the purpose of the work they are doing, build a coherent understanding of a content domain, and develop high skill levels in a specific domain. In this chapter, the authors share classroom practices for setting objectives and providing feedback that reassures students that their teacher is focused on helping them succeed.

Feedback: The Long View—Does Feedback Improve Learning? (Book chapter)

This chapter, from Susan M. Brookhart’s 2017 book, purports that feedback only leads to learning if students have opportunities to use it. She explains the “long view” of feedback, using the metaphor of a telescope lens, to help educators determine whether feedback actually improves student learning.

Where Assessments Go Wrong: Getting Assessment Right (Podcast)

Listen to this BAM! Radio podcast where ASCD Emerging Leader Matt Wachel interviews ASCD author Rick Stiggins about ways students can help educators improve the assessment process.

Teaching Students to Give and Receive Meaningful Feedback (Blog)

Feedback doesn’t have to come from teachers. Read this Inservice blog post by ASCD Emerging Leader and K–8 visual arts teacher Kristin Vanderlip Taylor to discover how peer critiques can also present valuable insight to students in a way that a teacher’s perspective might not.

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Feedback for Learning (Educational Leadership)

In this issue of Educational Leadership—about giving effective feedback to improve student outcomes—enjoy articles by Grant Wiggins, John Hattie, Susan M. Brookhart, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, William and Pérsida Himmele, and many more experts.

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students, 2nd Edition (Book)

Properly crafted and individually tailored feedback on student work boosts student achievement across subjects and grades. In this updated and expanded 2nd edition of her best-selling book, Susan M. Brookhart offers enhanced guidance and three lenses for considering the effectiveness of feedback: (1) Does it conform to the research? (2) Does it offer an episode of learning for the student and teacher? and (3) Does the student use the feedback to extend learning?

Giving Effective Feedback to Your Students (Video Series)

Giving students good feedback on all their work is one of the toughest challenges every educator faces. Susan M. Brookhart’s acclaimed book, How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students, guides educators in giving the right feedback for all kinds of assignments, in every grade level and subject area. In this companion video series to the book, classroom scenes demonstrate how to give effective written and oral feedback with successful, struggling, and English language learner students.

Formative Classroom Walkthroughs (Book)

Discover the true value of classroom walkthroughs when they are formative (not summative) and supportive and collegial (not punitive or negative). Two of ASCD’s most popular authors, Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart, team up to equip educators with a formative walkthrough approach that capitalizes on an observation process and feedback protocol that focus on what students are doing and learning.

The Formative Assessment Action Plan: Practical Steps to More Successful Teaching and Learning (Book)

Join Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher as they outline a clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach to formative assessment. They explain how four discrete steps work in tandem to create a seamless, comprehensive formative assessment system—one that has no beginning and no end.

Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empowering Students to Be the Experts (Book)

In Peer Feedback in the Classroom, National Board–certified teacher Starr Sackstein explores the powerful role peer feedback can play in learning and teaching. Peer feedback gives students control over their learning, increases their engagement and self-awareness as learners, and frees up the teacher to provide targeted support where it’s needed.

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Feeding Professional Learning Forward Through Effective Feedback (Book chapter)

What is the best way to approach giving feedback to teachers? In this chapter, the authors address this question, which emerged from their work assisting administrators and supervisors in recognizing what a classroom looks like when a learning target theory of action is used over several months.

Leadership and Effective Feedback: The Dilemmas of Grading (Book chapter)

Read this free chapter from Doug Reeves’ book on the challenges surrounding formative assessment and grading.