The importance of connecting Learning Targets to Student Feedback

Feedback is a vital part of supporting student learning. Many teachers spend lots of time giving feedback to students, yet despite the time invested, how effective is the feedback in supporting students to learn?

One way to ensure feedback is effective is to ensure that the feedback is connected to the learning target. Some students may struggle to understand their learning target(s) and / or their teacher may not explain it very well. Either way, if a student does not understand their learning target, they will struggle to understand the feedback given by their teacher. The following video was produced to support teachers in a workshop on giving effective feedback to their students and illustrates this point.

Some of my thinking on feedback and the inspiration for this video came through the book, How to give effective feedback to your students by Susan Brookhart.

Published by Richard Bruford

Richard is currently Secondary School Principal of Suzhou Singapore International School, one of China's leading international schools. He leads workshops across the Asia-Pacific region for the International Baccalaureate in the areas of pedagogical leadership and approaches to teaching and learning. Richard consults with schools on the topics of school improvement and effective implementation and use of technology. With a background in public and independent school education in the UK and Australia, Richard is enjoying his international school adventure in China. He is passionate about developing and supporting educational leaders, as it is essential to improving all schools. Richard is a proud family man and feels lucky to be married to Kim and father of their son Austin. In his spare time Richard enjoys to swim, bike and run and is a now retired football player and coach (with occasional guest appearances)

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