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Student Feedback: Effective Strategies For Teachers

Looking at student work goes beyond marking correct and incorrect answers. You get to look into how students are thinking and where they are in the learning process. But too often, teachers get bogged down with grading. You want to get the stack of student work off your desk and grade assignments for accuracy merely to check a box. You don’t connect with your student learning and cannot offer personalized feedback that is so helpful to students.

We’ve compiled resources to give more effective student feedback so that both students and teachers benefit from feedback. Read on to see how.

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What Is Effective Student Feedback?

Effective feedback has a huge effect on the classroom. It creates a community that has more active involvement, and students become more intrinsically motivated over time. Here are the main components of effective student feedback: 

  • Effective feedback meets students where they are by understanding interests and skill levels. 
  • Effective feedback targets things students can control, such as effort, choices, and understanding. They do not address things like the difficulty of the task, luck, or intelligence. 
  • Effective feedback taps into growth over time so students can recognize their own progress and your recognition of their progress.

How Do You Make Feedback In Your Classroom Effective?

Move beyond the typical “good luck” and raise your feedback to the gold star standard. Here are some tips to get your feedback to the effective stage:

  • Be timely. Feedback on graded work isn’t timely if it comes a week or two after completing the assignment or assessment. Try supplementing some (or all!) of your assignments with a self-grading tool like TeacherMade. 
  • Give your full attention to feedback when you give it. In the moment, make sure it’s just you and the student. In-person, that looks like eye contact and undivided attention. On assignments, that looks like thoughtful and legible comments. 
  • Use precise language. Avoid confusing labels like “good” or “bad.” Instead, describe exactly what you are seeing or not seeing from the student.
  • All feedback experiences should be positive even when all feedback isn’t positive. Make sure all feedback is framed as a piece of sincere growth advice. Make sure your students know that you are rooting for their win. 
  • Feedback is a two-way conversation. It’s not a lecture. Allow students to respond and ask questions. Help them come up with the next steps. You also have to allow them the space to refuse the feedback. 

Feedback should be small and frequent. Don’t overload your students. Focus on one thing at a time—tackle other issues in the next assignment or discussion.

Read our guide on how to give students feedback

We compiled examples and scripts to demonstrate how teachers can give more effective feedback in the classroom. Read more here.

How Do You Give Effective Feedback Online?

Giving timely, actionable feedback to each student is one of the best ways to raise student achievement. Give better feedback faster using TeacherMade.

In TeacherMade, you can give your students comments on their submissions, freehand draw on their work, add fun stickers, and so much more. Let’s dive into TeacherMade’s Review Submissions screen.

TeacherMade helps thousands of teachers give feedback on online assignments and assessments for students. 

When you make the switch to online assignments giving student feedback becomes more effective. Our online teaching tool does the heavy lifting with grading for accuracy, so you can use your expertise to provide unique and specialized student feedback to the students that need it most.

We listen closely to our Teachers. That’s how we developed the most versatile and intuitive auto-scoring system you’ve ever used. And we include rich feedback features so our Teachers can directly impact student achievement.

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Learn how Rachelle gives feedback to her students using TeacherMade.