Importance of Teacher Feedback
Providing constructive feedback to students is the goal of any dedicated writing teacher. This teacher-student interaction makes a huge difference in a student’s writing experience.
The need for feedback on one’s work is important to any writer; but it is even more essential for a student writer. It is the main way for them to receive writing help. Using a student’s own writing is the best teaching tool for writing mastery.
In order for teacher feedback to be beneficial, it should follow these guidelines:
- Highlight both the positive and the negative aspects of the particular piece of writing
- It should be given in a timely manner
- Feedback must be delivered to the student before that student moves on to another writing assignment
While teachers need to point out any errors a student may have made in their writing, they should accompany the “wrongs” with the “rights.” This allows the student to feel good about him/herself and to be more accepting of any criticism. Here is an example:
Your ideas are really creative, but you need to write them in a more organized manner.
Feedback ceases to be relevant if given too long after the writing assignment is submitted to a teacher. The student no longer has as much attachment to or memory of the particular piece of writing.
If a student attempts a new assignment without having been corrected on a previous assignment, the same error can be repeated over and over. This makes timely feedback, and waiting before beginning a new writing project, all-the-more important.
Time4Writing has a policy of sending feedback to students within a 24-hour time period unless it is a weekend or holiday. Time4Writing teachers adhere to all of the suggested guidelines for providing feedback to students.
For more information on the importance of feedback, read http://www97.intel.com/my/ProjectDesign/InstructionalStrategies/Feedback/