TG² Reads: Creating a Culture of Feedback
“The one really competitive skill is the skill of being able to learn” (Papert 1998)
If one of the goals of education is to prepare students for future demands how do grades fit into this? Beyond school, students will not be graded on their performance, they will be given feedback and expected to learn from it. If you’d like to provide more personal feedback Creating a Culture of Feedback by William Ferriter and Paul Cancelleri is a must read.In 128 pages, Ferriter and Cancellieri offer realistic strategies for improving the quality of the feedback loop in classrooms while de-emphasizing grades. Using Papert’s premise that learning is the one really competitive skill, they craft a resource for teachers that focuses on putting student learning in the center of the classroom.Each of the three chapters focuses on a different step in the feedback loop: Where am I Going?, How am I Doing?, and What are My Next Steps? Chapters open with an explanation of the role each step in the feedback loop plays in the learning process and ends with practical and easy to implement classroom practices. Accompanying all of their strategies are examples in use in a variety of grade levels and content areas, and best of all they provide an electronic repository of their resources that can be adapted to meet individual classroom needs.One of the strengths of this book is that it is designed so you can dip in and out throughout the year. If your classroom already has a strong system for identifying where students are going, skip that chapter and start building resources to help students determine how they are doing. Ferriter and Cancelleri have one goal: to help teachers improve the culture of feedback in their classroom.
Changing perceptions about the role that feedback plays in the lives of successful learners may be the most important work that you do all year—and changing perceptions starts by changing your practices.
The heart of this text asks teachers to shift from a culture of grading to a culture of feedback, but the tone of the book does not preach or demand a change. This book asks teachers to examine current practices and think about what is working and what is not in their classrooms. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it can act as a resource for teachers who are seeking ways to grade less and provide more personal feedback to support growth in students. Creating a Culture of Feedback is a necessary read for anyone planning on helping students move beyond grades and develop as strong, reflective learners. Get your copy today on Amazon.