Informal feedback strategies

Author: Chizuko Inoue-Andersson


What kind of language can we use to encourage our disengaged students? How can we establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities? How can we provide timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to their learning goals? In this session, we will look at different kinds of informal feedback to promote a growth mindset and improve student engagement and learning. We will firstly explore Carol Dweck’s research on praise and find ways to promote a learning disposition that is not afraid of mistakes and that embraces difficulties as a challenge. Then we will learn about Hattie and Timperley’s three steps of feedback. Hattie’s research shows that feedback is one of the elements with the strongest impact on student learning, but not all feedback is equally useful. What kind of feedback is most helpful for our students? Finally, we will have a look at language and questions that we can start using in our future classes.