It seems to me that it was yesterday that I was nervously preparing to the presentation of my methodology lesson at university. After my speech was finished my teacher gave me verbal feedback. And it was done in front of the whole class! It is unnecessary to say that it was not “perfect”. I still remember that feedback because it was negative, disappointing and did not give me the answer to the question “What exactly was wrong and what to do to make it perfect?” Most of my lessons were blow sky-high, of course I understand that not all of them were perfectly planned and my teacher wanted to improve my presentation skills, but should she criticize my work in front of entire group, regardless all my effort?
It is the sad fact but, most of the students face with the same situation on the lessons, because, a lot of teachers think that feedback must be negative and let student work hard. So, students lose their motivation because they know beforehand what kind of feedback they will get. To avoid this, feedback should be positive or at least neutral and give explanation of the give mark.
What is it feedback?
Feedback it is response that teacher gives on the students` work. It can be written or verbal. The main purpose of the feedback is to let student know “where are they”, explain what to do next and in what direction to follow in order to achieve a goal. Feedback that helps student to “understand and internalize the information” (para 1) is called constructive. As a teacher, it is necessary to remember that feedback you provide your students must be useful, meaningful and easy to understand; by no means critical, accusatory and vague.
How to provide feedback?
- feedback can be given in a written form or verbally
- giving feedback teacher should use individual approach to every student and direct a student for achievements
- feedback should be given personally; not in front of the whole class
- feedback should be provided timely
- student should be given an example
- teachers also should be open to receiving feedback from students
Feedback is essential to student`s skills development. Provide your students with feedback and don’t leave them with the question “Why am I bad dog?”
Constructive feedback. Retrieved from: http://www.hr.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/constructive_feedback_summary_feb_17_2014_-_final1.pdf