Values: Honesty & Feedback

According to John Hattie, Feedback is one of the most important ways of improving students’ academic performance. How do we give honest feedback in a way that promotes growth?

Honesty is a facet of moral character that connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness. (Wikipedia)

Feedback: Honesty in our academic relationships

  • In the first instance, we need to accept feedback from students. We might think we have taught a topic, but possibly it has not been learned by the students. Feedback lets us know that.
  • Then we need to give feedback that helps the students see their errors as a chance to learn and grow.
  • Feedback needs to be simple, clear, honest, and focused on the learning, not the person.

Tech Tips

  • Use Google Forms to create quick quizzes to check for understanding; Quizizz and Kahoot could also be useful.
  • Set an assignment on Google Classroom, and add a rubric; then do your marking by making comments that point to errors in a positive manner.

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