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Effective feedback: Workload vs impact

Written By: Tom Sherrington and Sara Stafford
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What’s the idea?
Using a range of effective marking strategies in your daily teaching practice ensures that timely, effective feedback can be sustained without creating an unmanageable workload. What does it mean? Managing marking is one of the greatest workload challenges faced by teachers. With growing class-sizes, many teachers find themselves responsible for reading and responding to hundreds of students’ work every week. A creative approach to feedback, however, can make this task achievable, enjoyable and impactful. Replacing a rigid, prescribed marking structure (which, even with the best intentions, may be doomed to failure when things get really busy) with a more flexible diet of varied strategies allows teachers to give meaningful feedback to all the students in their care. You can experiment with a range of different strategies to find the combinations of feedback that are effective for your students; it will not be a case of one-size-fits-all. Try verbal feedback, whole-class feed

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