On February 26th, ELT practitioners connected on Twitter for #CdnELTchat to discuss Giving Quality #Feedback, a topic that was chosen by #CdnELTchat enthusiasts. Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow) kept the conversation moving by posting questions, while Bonnie Nicholas (@EALstories) helped out by replying and retweeting, and Augusta Avram (@LINCinstructor) and Svetlana Lupasco (@stanzasl) provided background support. Please contact any of the team members if you have ideas for chats or if you’d like to help out, maybe by co-moderating a chat or collecting the tweets for a summary like this one.
Feedback can be very powerful if done well. Good feedback gives students information they need so they can understand where they are in their learning and what to do next. During the conversation, we shared tips, experiences and resources on giving effective feedback. We’ve collected the discussion around each question using Wakelet. Click to read the questions and replies.
Q1: How do you give feedback to your students? Do you give feedback differently for the receptive skills than you do for the productive skills?
Click here to read the conversation around Q1.
Q2: How can we make feedback meaningful for students and less time-consuming for teachers?
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Q3: What ideas do you have to help learners attend to feedback? How do we make sure that learners not only read the feedback provided to them, but also act on it?
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Q4: Does feedback even make a difference to student learning?
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Q5: How has technology changed the way you give feedback?
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#CdnELTchat is a collaborative effort that we hope will lead to more reflective practice for all of us. We collect questions in advance of each chat on Padlet, and then choose 5 or 6 for the hour-long chat. Our Padlet, Questions and Topics for #CdnELTchat, is always open for comments. Here are all the great questions we received but didn’t have time to use.
- What tips do you have for group or whole-class feedback?
- Have you tried peer feedback? Has it been successful for you?
- What role do rubrics play in giving feedback?
- How can we give meaningful feedback that helps students become more independent learners?
- Are we wasting our time even giving feedback, if students don’t attend to our feedback? Are there better ways for student to improve their language skills than through formative assessment?
- How can we give action-oriented feedback without spending hours in the evenings and on weekends?
- How do you decide when to give feedback, how to give feedback, how much feedback to give, and what kind of feedback to give?
#CdnELTchats are held about every two weeks during the school year (we take the summers off) on Tuesday nights at 6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern, and 10 Atlantic. Even if you’ve missed the synchronous part of #CdnELTchat, it’s not too late to join the conversation. We encourage you to continue the #slowburn conversation after the live chat. Check out the hashtag if you’re on Twitter.