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Offline sanfran

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Teaching Students How to Effectively Assess Feedback
« on: March 24, 2016, 11:38:41 AM »
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Feedback on writing comes in many forms, several of them already common to most teachers: margin comments, grades, standardized rubrics, and conferences. However, no matter the usefulness of these strategies, time is lost if students do not know how to respond to them.

Therefore, I think that it is imperative that students are trained to effectively assess teacher feedback. Below I present a few methods to help ESL students comprehend teacher notes, properly correct drafts, and over time, become proficient writers of English.

Getting Students on Board with Feedback  

Before introducing students to a wide array of strategies to assess feedback, they need to accept its presence in the classroom. This can be done by teaching students about feedback and why itís a necessary component of any successful ESL classroom.

After doing so, there are a variety of ways in which a teacher can help their students digest written feedback:
1.      Students are given time in class to review feedback while the teacher dedicates this time to walk around the classroom and answer any questions that students may have. Students are not revising their papers during this time; they are simply scanning feedback and making sure itís clear and sensible to them.
2.      Spend time as a class to go over any and all confusion, in addition to frequently produced errors (have students keep logs of their biggest mistakes Ė good for students to get a sense of their progress)
3.      Have students respond to feedback by writing a few things that they found confusing, helpful, good, bad, etc.
4.      As teachers, itís crucial to provide students with better and faster feedback. This can be done by writing at least one positive comment on a studentís draft, staying focused on the main issues and addressing those, and recommending certain changes not just pointing out mistakes (e.g., saying something like Ďawk!í is hardly helpful). If you wait too long to return edited drafts, students may have a difficult time remembering what they wrote about and why.
5.      Be available for meetings
6.      In addition to talking about feedback, discuss topics like constructive criticism and its difference from mere criticism. 
Final Thoughts

I think that teaching students about the feedback that theyíre receiving is in line with a meta-awareness of things that is absolutely necessary in the classroom. Many times students learn and donít quite grasp the reason why itís being presented to them in the first place. Something like written feedback on a draft definitely has the ability to leave students feeling disillusioned or directionless if they arenít given the set of skills to decode feedback and assess the assessment.

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« Last Edit: March 24, 2016, 11:42:35 AM by sanfran »

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Re: Teaching Students How to Effectively Assess Feedback
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2016, 10:31:07 AM »
These are all great ideas!    I especially love the idea of error logs as the research shows that these can be an effective way to improve student writing over the long term.

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