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Providing Effective Feedback on Writing Samples

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Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Providing effective feedback on writing samples is imperative for student improvement in the learning process. Effective feedback actually begins before a writing starts and continues after the student has submitted the assignment.

Effective Feedback Introduction

Here is Fred. Fred is taking a creative writing class at school. He is working hard on his assignments. Fred diligently completes each task assigned and always submits his assignments on time. But, at the end of the class, Fred is shocked to receive a 'D' grade.

Fred has no idea why he got a 'D' and doesn't know what he could have done to get a better grade. His teacher did not give effective feedback, or helpful information given to students in an effort to correct and guide their progress toward desired goals.

Without feedback, he could not correct his past mistakes nor learn from them. Improvement and personal growth were impossible because he was never made aware that he was not progressing in a positive way.

Benefits of Effective Feedback

Fred was very confused by his grade. How could he have known he wasn't meeting the teacher's standards without any feedback through the whole course? Obviously, providing clarity and understanding are two major benefits of effective feedback. There are other benefits as well.

Feedback encourages students' confidence when praise is included. When teachers tell students what they have done right, it encourages students to progress toward goals. It enables students to improve in a timely manner. Feedback given quickly can give students a chance to correct past mistakes for the next assignment. This gives them a feeling of success and accomplishment.

Feedback can help prevent feelings of hopelessness during the learning process. Fred probably felt pretty hopeless when he got his grade. How could he be expected to have learned from a class when he was never told that he wasn't doing things right? Proper feedback gives students that sense of power in understanding their mistakes and being able to adjust for future assignments.

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