Findings from an analysis of 40 high-quality studies which compare different types of student feedback are summarised here.
Schools do use feedback from students but how many use them as part of teacher evaluations? No-one would argue the importance of student voice in relation to finding out about the impact of your teaching. Read how the classroom observation portion of the teacher evaluation system would be a "central issue" for discussion in the Legislature as the state attempts to strengthen the process. Full article here.
Surprised by how insightful some of your student's feedback can be? Mostly, students are quite constructive, especially when they hear the instructor truly plans to modify their teaching based on the feedback they get. Students will offer constructive feedback, particularly if they know they're being heard. Read how one teacher is modifying what she does here.
The different ways in which feedback can affect teachers’ professional experiences are the topic of the latest Teaching in Focus brief, “Unlocking the potential of teacher feedback”. Indeed, teacher feedback has tremendous potential, with teachers reporting that feedback can have a positive impact on the professional, personal and pedagogical aspects of their work. Read more here.
Through Dylan Wiliam and John Hattie’s work there is a meeting of two great minds. They both champion feedback as one of the most powerful ways of enhancing learning but are also very clear that this is not just any old feedback. Read one way a school has put together a policy for feedback with examples here.
New teacher evaluation systems in Georgia are "too much, too fast", agrees the Coweta County Superintendent. Georgia has requested a one-year waiver on the consequences of student growth on teacher and leader evaluations, allowing educators time to adjust to the new assessment system. Read more here.