Feedback from teacher to student is an essential factor in effective learning. In fact, it is regarded as the single most important teaching practice to ensure optimum achievement by a student.
Quite obviously students need to know if they are right or wrong in their responses but feedback is far more than ticks and crosses.
Guidance on the accuracy, detail and depth of responses is absolutely necessary for students’ learning to progress.
Feedback can come in many forms from informal, verbal comments in the classroom to margin notes written on exam papers and post task group discussions.
From a student’s perspective, feedback, in whatever form, should be sought as often as possible. Quite naturally it will come in class discussions and should also come in writing after the submission of any task. However, students should also be encouraged to seek further feedback if needed or clarification on what has been given. As helpful and necessary as feedback is, it is pointless unless understood and of course, acted upon.
As much as the onus is on the teacher to provide it, equal responsibility lies with the student to use it to enhance their learning.
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