As I’ve mentioned, I have tried very hard to use formative assessment in my classes this semester. One student wrote in his end-of-the-semester evaluation the instructor “has mastered constructive criticism and his feedback is always positive.” I have found it a challenge to give short and meaningful feedback that will move the students forward in their learning. Giving them specific enough feedback so that they know how to improve has required me to be precise in my statements to students. Giving them examples has, I think, helped them to feel positive about the feedback; they know the change is do-able.
Every student’s paper has been an opportunity for me to improve in my skill and, in my ability to help them more.
What type feedback do you give?