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Clarify: Providing Constructive Feedback

Teachers who clarify help students understand content and resolve confusion. They explain ideas and concepts in a variety of ways, check frequently for understanding, address misconceptions, and provide useful feedback. Find resources offering classroom strategies that support the practice of providing useful, timely, and specific feedback.
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Clarify: Providing Constructive Feedback
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This video features a teacher who explains how she encourages a growth mindset by inviting students to set their own specific improvement goals and encouraging them in their efforts to develop the skills they have identified. It's full of illustrative examples of how she gives specific, personalized feedback on students' writing process, helps them identify focused goals to work toward, and praises what they are doing with language that reinforces their efforts and encourages a growth mindset.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    The teachers and students in this video explain the importance of failure as a necessary part of developing a growth mindset and striving for high-quality work. The video and accompanying article include recommendations for how to foster a culture of continuous improvement by embracing mistakes as learning opportunities, encouraging perseverance, and teaching students how to provide and appreciate timely, specific, and actionable feedback.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article offers insightful and practical approaches to providing students with feedback on their work that is meaningful and actionable. The writer explains that the only worthwhile feedback is that which improves performance. He describes how to design tasks that illuminate student thinking to inform teaching and employ strategies that challenge students to assess their own work and to revise their work based on feedback.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This book chapter describes an approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessments in which teachers plan backwards from what they want students to understand and be able to do and engage students actively in meaningful learning experiences involving inquiry and application of skills and knowledge in authentic contexts. This overview highlights the value of student input, regular checks for understanding, and performance assessments guided by clear criteria for quality work.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Thinking Big About Engagement

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    Tripod Education Partners says:
    The teacher featured in this video illustrates how he sparks and maintains interest and cultivates curiosity and inquiry through designing a project that engages students actively, creatively, and collaboratively in learning. He clarifies key concepts by highlighting their relevance and their connections to students' experiences. He invites students to deepen their understanding through teaching others and provides clear expectations and constructive feedback to help them produce quality work.
  • eleducation.org
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    Creating High-Quality Work in EL Education Schools: Multiple Levels of Support | EL Education

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    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article offers concrete strategies to support students' pursuit of high quality work by clarifying criteria for success, analyzing models, focusing instruction, and providing opportunities for feedback on work in progress. These strategies help to ensure that students have the needed instructional support for developing new skills and concepts throughout the process of crafting products or otherwise demonstrating their understanding.
  • rubistar.4teachers.org
    rubistar.4teachers.org

    RubiStar Home

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This online tool helps teachers create customized rubrics to clarify expectations, guide teaching and learning, support peer review and self-assessment, and focus constructive feedback to help students produce high quality work. The tool allows teachers to create, save, and modify rubrics using starter templates, and it offers a variety of examples of rubrics created by teachers. Other online teacher tools by 4Teachers can also be accessed through this site.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article describes how to use the writing process to help students engage in meaningful writing tasks, deepen their thinking, persist in their efforts, and produce quality work. It explains the value of clarifying expectations and structuring opportunities for students to check their own work, engage in peer review, confer with teachers, and revise their work based on feedback. These strategies apply to writing tasks or creative projects across the curriculum at any level.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This introductory book chapter explains what rubrics are and when, why, and how to use them to guide learning and provide feedback on student work based on established criteria. It provides a helpful overview of different types of rubrics and how they can be used to clarify learning goals and expectations and frame feedback on student work products and performances.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This video offers a beautiful example of using models to define criteria and guide student work, engaging students in closely examining each other's work, and coaching them in providing constructive feedback on progress. It illustrates the power of this strategy to help students raise their standards for high-quality work and achieve more than they thought possible.
  • assessmentforlearning.edu.au
    assessmentforlearning.edu.au

    Strategies to enhance peer feedback

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article provides several strategies to guide students in providing feedback on each other's work, including use of rubrics and exemplars. Simple feedback protocols offer a variety of ways to support students in framing comments on each other's work, highlighting both strengths and suggestions for improvement.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

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    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article discusses strategies used by game designers for engaging learners that can be effectively applied in the design of classroom instruction. It distills what makes game-based learning fun and how to transfer those design principles to a variety of classroom learning experiences. For example, building in opportunities for choice, feedback, and creativity can help to engage students and challenge them to persist in their learning.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This well-organized guide to implementing principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) explains why it's important to help students learn to sustain attention and effort in the face of learning challenges and offers a variety of practical strategies, examples, and resources. For instance, reinforcing goals, differentiating instruction, fostering collaboration, and providing informative feedback focused on effort and improvement can help students address learning challenges successfully.
  • eleducation.org
    eleducation.org

    The Who, What, and Why of Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback | EL Education

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This summary of linked strategies can help teachers build a classroom learning culture in which useful feedback based on clear criteria is viewed by all as a critical part of the learning process. A brief chart outlines a useful process and rationale for clarifying learning targets, establishing success criteria, and teaching students to reflect and share feedback on progress toward those targets in light of the success criteria.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

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    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This well-written article clearly articulates core principles to guide teachers in providing helpful feedback on student work that builds student ownership of performance goals and results in noticeable improvements. It explains the importance of clarity about expectations and offers illustrative examples of the kind of feedback that promotes learning and helps students progress toward meeting those expectations.
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