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.

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