15 September 2014

#ReflectiveTeacher Blogging Challenge Day 14: Better feedback

What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?

Here is every single way I can think of that I give feedback in a day:

Pronunciation:
  • Underlining on the board
  • Escuchen y repitan
  • Perfecto
  • Excelente
  • Eso es
Spelling & mechanics:
  • Blog comments
  • Color-coded highlights
  • Google Doc suggestions
Vocabulary:
  • Questioning ("What's another word in English?")
  • Charades
  • Memory jogging
  • Interactive Notebook pointing
  • Word wall pointing
  • Intentional misunderstanding (ME gusta???)
  • Carefully worded cognate-ful responses
  • Se dice [translation]
Content:
  • Conferences
  • Mini-lessons ("This is not Spanish")
  • Class discussion
  • Rubrics
  • Back channel questions/comments
  • Google Classroom comments (overall praise & problems)
  • Google Doc comments (suggestions & questions)
  • More blog comments (connections, suggestions)

Now, looking at all of that, I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Looking at how my students are doing--and feeling--so far this semester overall, I'd say I'm at my professional peak so far.

And yet, I am a week behind on grades, and I haven't listened to any Vocaroo conversations, never mind those soundboard glogs that have gone unclicked for two weeks. I'm pushing forward with tweets tomorrow without having put so much as a number, much less as a helpful hint, on their retweet posts. I'm still collecting essays Tuesday even though tomorrow is the only day we'll be writing in class, and once again, I may not get to every one.

So how am I doing on feedback? Let's say better, but still bettering.

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