Feedback: guiding the student to the right path

With an increasing workload, teachers are looking for ways to reduce the number of tasks and make them more efficient. Feedback is a wonderful tool for making the most of your time and better understanding your students.

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With an increasing workload, teachers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce the number of tasks and modify them so that they are effective and have the desired result in the classroom. We have a deep desire that our students learn well and have fun doing it, and we also want to adopt the best practices to make it happen. Among these, feedback is a wonderful tool for making the most of your time and for better understanding your students. 

What is feedback, why do you care?

Feedback consists of giving feedback on a student's production in order to promote self-regulation and improvement in more difficult elements. Indeed, "not only is feedback recognized for ensuring the progression of learning and affecting student motivation, it also helps to maintain their commitment and support their perseverance in complex learning tasks" (William, 2010).  

Therefore, it is interesting to use feedback as much through formative as summative evaluations so that the evaluation is not an end but a learning tool. Students can therefore, with the help of their teacher's comments, retrospect their investment, their knowledge and what they will need to improve in the future.  

Technological tools to the rescue!

Google Classroom

In Classroom, when students hand in an assignment, there is a space that allows comments to be inserted. It may be interesting at this time to write down their feedback so that the student can respond in turn. Also, it is possible to attach an additional document, such as a correction grid that you would like to use.

Google docs

When students are working on Google Docs, have them add you in the sharing settings. You will be able to see the progress of their work and insert comments on what they are doing to guide them. 

Notability

Notability offers the option of voice recording (microphone on top). Thus, it is possible to download a student's work and record their comments while also adding written notes. It is possible to return everything to the student by Classroom or by email. The latter will then be able to listen to his teacher's comments and improve his initial production.

FlipGrid

This app is definitely my find of the year! It is possible to create multiple tasks, share them with your students for them to answer and offer them feedback directly on the platform. It can be worked on iPad, Chromebook or even on a computer. To answer, there are options to film yourself, to integrate documents, to use a whiteboard (directly on the application) or to write on the image. During the feedback, it is also possible to prepare your criteria before pushing your codes to the students and to note them on the application. In short, this platform allows for full feedback from a learning situation that the teacher has created. A tutorial is included as a hyperlink in the heading Flipgrid. 

In short, feedback is a process that responds in every way to the principle of placing the student at the center of his learning and of transforming the teacher's posture so that he becomes a guide and an accompanist.  

Have a good exploration!

To learn more about these or other feedback tools, Carrefour education offers:

To further explore the feedback, Campus RÉCIT offers you self-training:

To further explore the feedback, Cadre 21 offers you its self-training courses:

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About the Author

Laurie Couture
Laurie Couture
A high school French teacher and contributor to various blogs, Laurie Couture is passionate about writing and for the innovative aspect of education: how can you change your ways of doing things to improve your method? She loves to discover, discuss and develop about convincing practices related to technologies. Using digital technology, she aspires to set up projects and documents responding to current trends and proposing new approaches.

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