What is your favorite way to provide feedback to students?
I'll share my two favorite ways to provide feedback, since it's hard to pick the best one.
1. Comments on Google Docs through Google Classroom
I admit that I was not fully on the Google Docs bandwagon until Google introduced Classroom. It was just too much of a pain to keep all of my students' work organized in digital format, as silly as I know that might sound. So I was still lugging home papers and commenting on them in pen for the first part of the school year. To say I've simplified my life since then is an understatement. I can type faster than I can handwrite, and the comments feature also highlights exactly the area I'm talking about. Students can reply back to my comments and keep on ongoing feedback conversation at any time. I use the comments to respond as a reader, give suggestions, or highlight major areas of concern.
I think comments are a great way for me to give immediate feedback to writers, and a non-threatening way for them to ask for help if they are shy. Also, let's face it: in today's world, teenagers are used to communicating via text and chat. They like the comments because it makes feedback and teacher interactions less intimidating.
2. Writing Conferences
As much as students like to avoid face-to-face communication with adults, I still require my students to have writing conferences with me. There is simply no better way to get to know someone and their struggles as a writer than by having a one-on-one conversation about writing. It doesn't matter if it's three minutes or 15 minutes long; conferences are one of the most important communication and feedback tools I have for building relationships and helping writers grow.
Writing Conference Video:
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.