The Function of Feedback

What is feedback? Academically defined, feedback is, “information provided by an agent (e.g., teacher, peer, self, etc.) regarding aspects of one’s performance or understanding” (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). The purpose of feedback is to reduce the distance between current performance levels and a desired goal, often articulated through learning objectives and rubrics. Hattie (1999) found
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The Rationale for Rubrics

Rubrics are instructional tools that are used to describe how student performance will be assessed. If you read my previous blog post, you might begin to see a connection between learning objectives and rubrics. Remember that we’ve previously said that learning outcomes need to be measurable. Rubrics allow teachers to do this by breaking down
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Using Rubrics to Measure Affective Learning

We all know that rubrics are useful when grading static learning artifacts such as papers and projects. Are you thinking about how to expand your use of rubrics to assess student learning and development in a dynamic way? Rubrics provide authentic assessment results when used in conjunction with realistic life situations that students will encounter
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The Objective of Learning Objectives

“Why am I even in this class? I don’t even understand what we’re trying to do.” As a student, I’ve thought this about many classes I’ve taken. I suspect I’m not the only one. Most of the time, it’s because the objectives of the class aren’t communicated well – if at all. As a busy
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