I have been observing one of my classes to try to determine how much oral formative feedback I give before the students in my class can be successful in their standards-based learning. I have found that I can give the whole class feedback on their general successes, the general areas for improvement, and give or ask students for strategies for improving. So far about 80% of the class can be successful in the standard-goal by receiving oral feedback. The students practice what they have now learned and then take a formative assessment. With those students who are not successful, I try small group feedback. I group together those students whose work has revealed the same major misunderstandings. After I give more structured feedback to them, they are usually successful. Again, the students practice what they have now learned and then take a formative assessment. Therefore, I spend only about 5% of my time, one-on-one with specific students who needed additional support.
I consider the oral feedback time as critical time to my students’ success. I also believe that a teacher’s time in the classroom is limited so that she/he has to use techniques that reach the greatest number of students for the greatest impact.
What percentages have you found for oral formative feedback?