Measuring progress in the English classroom is a real challenge. How do you evaluate the quality of a written response in a single lesson?
Well, I’ve discovered a method that the students have unanimously regarded as incredibly helpful: Live Feedback Sessions.
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As a part of the ‘The Cycle’, I plan what I call Workshop Lessons, which are used to address problem areas in their writing that I’ve noticed while marking. Following this, the students respond by rewriting their work.
Yet, how can I make the most of my time and the lesson by evaluating their responses to my feedback?
I’ve started using Google Classroom for Live Feedback Sessions. In my department, we have Chromebooks so I reserve these for my class. I create an assignment and within that assignment students type out their responses to my guiding questions or to whatever follow-up task I’ve given them that day. Then, I cycle through their documents, and provide instant feedback on the quality of their ideas, written expression, vocabulary or whatever theme/idea we might be focusing on. I choose to put this on the projector and the students don’t mind. It also allows me to instantly show students excellent work by calling their attention to the board.
Once the students understand the process (which only took one lesson, really), they do tend to use it well. Of course, you’ve got to maintain standards in terms of focusing on the work etc but I find that’s generally the case with most pedagogical techniques.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!