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How to Provide Effective Feedback to Students

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Kacey O'Kelly
June 29, 2015

How to Provide Effective Feedback to Students

Verbal or written feedback can be a powerful teaching tool. Effective feedback helps students develop better awareness of their learning processes, correct misunderstandings, and fill in gaps in knowledge. Through the feedback process, teachers and students become active partners with a shared knowledge about students’ current learning status and what they need to do to progress. This guide summarizes key features of effective feedback and lists professional development resources that demonstrate the use of effective feedback practices.