Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Student Sample = Visual Feedback

Just this morning I received 2 student emails thanking me for a strategy I've implemented this quarter and so decided I would share it with you too as you may find similar positive benefits. 

In addition to my individual feedback on graded assignments, this quarter I have also selected one solid student assignment submission each unit and have emailed those samples to the entire class immediately following my unit grading. 

I do not include the student's name on the document as I want the focus to be on the content and to serve as a guide for students as they work on future assignments.  But even though it is shared anonymously, the student who completed the assignment recognizes it as his or hers and takes pride in my sharing it as a strong student sample so continues to complete high quality work.  And for the rest of the students, the samples serve as strong examples to learn from and their work strengthens as well. 

I have received thank yous from many of my students for this practice and encourage you to give it a try in your classes too.  Let me know how it goes!

Heather Thomton-Stockman
Online Instructional Specialist

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