Marc Michel EDG 605 Week 2 Reading responses

       The differences between what we think we know about feedback and assessment, and what research tells us varies. Feedback is a process in which you are evaluating student’s work. Feedback is essential to the education system. Feedback is the information sent to individual or a group about its prior behavior so that the individual or group may adjust its current and future performance to achieve the desired result. Feedback occurs when a teacher gives his or her opinion to student’s work or behavior. Response to a criticism or praise is considered a feedback only if it brings about a change in the recipient's behavior. The types of responses I am given are praise statements that are specific and encourages students to do better and that they are on the right track. account of student behavior in observable terms are compromised—as they fail to give students performance feedback to guide their learning. For example, a praise statement such as 'Good job!'. "You located six strong source documents for your essay. “I like the way you fully explained yourself and why you chose the answer. I would also say, “You are correct this is the right answer because you said this”. These responses were adequate because it had a behavioral description. Another response I give my students are Praise Effort and Accomplishment, Not Ability. As a teacher I generally stay clear of praise that includes assumptions about a student’s ability (for example: "You are a really good science student!"; "I can tell from this essay that writing is no problem for you."). My praise focuses on specific examples of students effort or accomplishment (for example: "It is obvious from your grade that you worked hard to prepare for this quiz. Great work!"). These responses are mainly done orally for the student to see that I am proud of them and to keep up the good work. The way I track this feedback is by having a checklist of past and current feedbacks for the students to reflect on and improve on the feedbacks I give them by doing great work. I also give feedback of student learning, but it’s done one to one basis for students not to feel like they are being embarrassed or picked on. During this student learning feedback I tell them how to improve their learning and I also model it. Assessments are methods or tools that educators use to measure, evaluate, and document the academic readiness, learning progress, skill acquirement, or educational needs of students. What I like to do to sometimes are ask my students questions and ask them to give me a thumbs up or down in order to see where they are or if they understand. I sometimes give a quiz to assess for any misunderstandings that I have not noticed. Feedback allows for my students to know where weaknesses are and improve on it. Formative and summative assessments help me to accomplish a goal for my students to be on the right track to success.

Here are a couple of readings that support my sightings. In the article,” Formative and Summative Assessment in the Classroom”, written by Dixon and Worrell, explains to you that gathering data for improving student learning. This is considered a form of formative assessment. I conduct this by giving quizzes, drawing a concept map in the classroom to represent their understanding of a topic, or submit one or two sentences identifying the main point of a lecture or asking them to give me a thumbs up or down if they understand the topic at hand.Dixon and Worrell also define a summative assessment as using data to evaluate how much a student knows or has remembered at the completion of a topic or subject.The summative assessment I conduct is at the end of each marking period that allows me to see how much my students learned for that period in relations to the curriculum. Feedback is seen as a primary component in formative assessment and one of the factors that have the strongest influence on learning (Havnes 2007). The mini quizzes I give my students help them to see where they are within the subject at hand and make changes or corrections in order to increase their understanding and improve their grades. I believe that formative and summative assessments are vital tools that teachers need and to implement for a couple of reasons. These to assessments allow us as teachers to know what areas our students need help in and zone in on them. This will allow for positive feedback which is a boost for many of students to succeed in all they do.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      I enjoyed reading your responses to this week's readings. I found your insights, in particular, to be very interesting.

      For example, you said:

      Feedback occurs when a teacher gives his or her opinion to student’s work or behavior. Response to a criticism or praise is considered a feedback only if it brings about a change in the recipient's behavior. 

      I am intrigued by this. Please tell me know. What kind of responses are you providing? And in what format -- oral, written, a combination? How do you track this feedback and how students make us of it (or fail to do so)? You also talk about providing feedback to improve student performance. What about student learning? 

      Please revise your blog post to address this. You can do this by clicking on "Edit" above, making these revisions, then clicking on "Save." Once you do this, email me or message me on Pace Commons to let me know so I can take a look.


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