Emily Watson – Lead Practitioner of PE and Well-Being – @ejwatson89
Feedback can be extremely powerful when delivered effectively; not only for students but teachers too. I am sure you can all reflect upon a piece of feedback that you have received that has been hugely influential, but have you ever stopped to reflect upon why that piece of feedback was so effective?
The purpose of feedback is to allow students to act upon it and make progress, inform teachers future planning and allow students to learn to value the quality of the work that they produce. This feedback is much more effective when it is delivered in a timely fashion. It is important that the students are able to understand the feedback and the purpose of it, before allowing them time to act upon it.
I find a clear success criteria linked to the feedback allows students to strive to close the gap and consolidate the learning. Students appreciate constructive feedback with both strengths and areas for improvement highlighted. This allows students to continue with the positive aspects and develop other areas until they too become strengths, allowing them to see their learning journey. Focusing on the learning, when giving feedback as opposed to a grade encourages students to identify how they can develop and refine their work, rather than comparing their status with others. As a PE teacher I use a lot of verbal feedback. I like to create a dialogue between myself and the students, I encourage them to give me feedback, to show them that we are all forever learning and that we can all always improve. Throughout this blog post I will share tried and tested feedback strategies, focusing on three main areas of feedback: written, verbal and peer – please see the relevant images below:
Written Feedback Strategies:
Verbal Feedback Strategies:
Peer Feedback Strategies:
I would like to thank Nick Bentley – @NBentleyTweets – and Kiera McDonnell, for their contributions, ideas and support with this blog post.