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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Focusing on Feedback

I tried a Google Site for education/teaching stuff this past year and hated it, so I'm migrating the teaching posts I put there here.

posted Jan 2, 2015, 7:59 AM by Karra Shimabukuro
So one of my goals this semester is to focus on feedback. I want to make sure I'm giving more feedback, better feedback, electronic feedback. So I have feedback on the brain.
So feedback associated posts are popping out to me. These two sites came across my radar this morning:
I like this idea of not giving grades, of refocusing students on feedback and improvement versus grade obsession.
Given the restrictions I have with my program, I don't know if I can do any of this, but I plan on asking and one way I thought I could do it is to give students the option to "Opt out" of interim grades, receiving only feedback and progress reports, but receiving a final grade. It would be completely optional. I could present it as a less stress, refocus approach which some students might appreciate.
One thing I am implementing this semester is mandatory conferences on the day each assignment is due. And I plan on using this form (modified from the first site above) to guide our conferences and get students thinking about their own progress.
What do you guys think? Would a focus on feedback over grades improve student performance? Those of you who have moved towards this, how do you do it? What does it look like? What, if any, pushback did you receive?

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