What's had the biggest impact in my classroom so far this year? Providing a timetabelled feedback session, that's what.
Last year, a year group at my school ran 'Feedback Friday' each week and I've now taken that into my own practice. On a Friday, between 11:20 and 11:50, my class have our 'Feedback Friday' sessions.
Here's what we do:
- all the books are out on the tables;
- children have red pens and coloured pencils (see this blog post for more information on that);
- children review the work from that week that has been marked and act upon the feedback provided to them.
- if all the feedback has been acted upon, children look at their work and independently look for ways in which their work may be improved.
At the time of writing, we have had five of these sessions. It's not been as straight forward as outlined above: the children have needed coaching and guiding through responding to feedback. Each time I have directed children, as a whole or individually, to a particular piece that they should begin with and then allowed them to look at other books or items of work.
Of course, lessons during the week still have elements of looking at previous work and learning from feedback, but having the Friday session means that I know there's a dedicated half an hour slot in the timetable for children to look at the feedback provided and act upon what has been identified. It's also great to see children looking for and finding ways in which they can improve their own work as they revisit it.