How can teachers capitalize on evidence about student learning that is generated in their classrooms every day? How can this information best be collected and used to increase student learning?
Effective feedback is a great way for teachers to use collected data in order to improve student learning. Teachers can create more opportunities for generating evidence about what their students have, and have not learned, and provide effective feedback to students.
The research we have undertaken with our various colleagues has shown important increases in student learning when teachers:
- Clearly define the purposes of each lesson that they teach.
- Use lessons to collect evidence on how students learn.
- Use collected evidence and promptly re-direct students as needed.