Week 4- Assignment #2

Sackstein’s text titled What Meaningful Feedback Looks Like the principles of effective feedback as well as feedback’s purpose are clearly established. The author states that prior to feedback, students must understand clear learning goals by establishing criteria for success saying, “it’s important to set everyone up for success by ensuring clear learning goals and criteria for success” Sackstein (n.d.) Once students understand where they are going, Sackstein highlights that feedback by teachers or peers is able to aid students in reaching these desired outcomes. Most poignant in these chapters is Sackstein’s portion on teaching students how to take feedback. This step, says Sackstein, is essential to the feedback process in that students must understand that criticism does not denote failure and instead is about a conversation for success. Allowing students to learn the skill of feedback allows for more effective feedback conversations in the future, both in and outside of the classroom.

The Edugains video series is an introduction to the foundations of formative assessment in the classroom. These videos, both practical and informative, began with the same mantra that centers the practice of formative assessment saying, “feedback is information students and teachers share during learning so that students can close the gap between their current level of performance and the learning goals (Edugains, pp 1.)” This statement makes clear the relationship between students and teachers in the formative assessment process, as it is a practice that reaches beyond teacher-driven information. These videos claim that when done effectively, formative assessment creates a working relationship between students and teachers to foster success and achieve clear goals. It is clear throughout these videos that the learning highlighted is an evolving process between teacher and student and centres around the student’s learning due to the strong formative assessment and feedback received throughout the process. This allows for authentic learning to take place and specific goals to be realized and aids students in applying a critical lens to their own work.

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