Tips for getting the Best Out of Students
Competitive pressures, intense class schedules, too much to do and too little time, are just some of the many elements that often take the place of proper feedback.
The writing, grading and reporting are among the many sources of feedback that we as teachers should pass on to our students. But with its devastating effects of low student achievement, they are often all for the taking. The pressure to be perfect is so intense that it has become an industry in itself, and our students know it.
What is even more difficult, is to motivate a teacher to really give honest feedback, which is what can save a student from academic failure. Sharing what you see with a student who needs improvement not only helps them improve their performance, but actually saves them some money.
In a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, it was found that students were better prepared for the college admissions process when they received an “independent growth perspective” that was portrayed with video instead of a traditional feedback based assessment. The final study was based on the results of an online course conducted by Professional Development Research Institute and North American Department of Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. The study’s conclusion was concluded that small video clips taken from real classroom interactions, facilitated by a student-lead video team, were associated with higher GPAs and longer term academic success.
The principle behind this is that there was an opportunity for the student to let the video team in on what was going on, and how the learning was progressing. After the video was analyzed, it was determined that only two things were important: the amount of information, and what the student was thinking about the questions. In this way, the feedback was not overly scrutinized or gamed. All the feedback was authentic and honest and only ensured that the student is still progressing and learning.
Overall, the results were positive. The students’ performance was all the more surprising as their performance had been closely related to the amount of self-regulation, which was a new concept for the researchers. With this real-life virtual learning setting, students were more able to self-regulate, and that increased their overall success in the classroom.
For teachers, these findings are hugely beneficial. With the massive shift in the classroom so quick, going the traditional route is simply not available, and in many cases is not even in the budget of the school. However, if the most natural thing to do is simply text an email or send a handwritten note, then the next best thing is to start off with video. It is also a trend gaining popularity on Youtube and other social media channels. The text-based feedback is one of the best ways to keep up with students, and you will know if it is getting through.
By live streaming classroom interactions, all the students can see how you are viewing the same issue, but in a controlled and realistic environment. Instead of relying on written responses, you will be able to show them visual evidence of how you can help them move forward and develop. The impact of these lessons will stay with the students for many years to come, and learning that can improve learning for both you and the student. There is nothing more satisfying than when you can help your students move beyond the stage of the building or meeting, and forward into their future on a new adventure in life.
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