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Provide Students with Prompt Feedback


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Provide Students with Prompt Feedback

If your student repeats the same mistakes or is not progressing as you would have expected

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Timely feedback on work will help students learn and retain correct information effectively.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: Provide immediate or timely (a day or two) specific feedback on students' work, what was current or incorrect. Waiting any longer, students are more likely to focus only on the grade and not on why they made the errors. They also might retain wrong answers rather than learning the corrections you provide. Effective feedback should include instruction on what a student can do differently, rather than just whether the answer was right or wrong.


  1. Provide homework and test corrections back promptly and use exam wrappers
  2. Three-minute reflection or Exit Tickets: Ask students a question on the lesson and give them three minutes to answer, ungraded. Students respond to the question in writing on an index card. Teachers collect, review and adjust teaching based on the answers, address misconceptions, re-teach specific pieces, meet individually with students, etc.
  3. For independent work, pick workbooks with answer keys that show process steps, not just answers. Instruct students how frequently they should check their answers. You might not want them to finish a full page before discovering they were using the technique incorrectly.
  4. For digital products, pick one that provides instructional feedback and not just that the answer is correct or incorrect.
  5. Incorporate formative assessment into classroom activities and provide feedback as needed. Sites such as Kahoot offer fun, interactive opportunities to understand where students are in their learning.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Timely feedback is important for learning and retention. If it takes too long to give children corrections they may lose interest and focus on the material as they move on to other topics. It also gives the opportunity for potentially incorrect answers or misunderstandings to embed into long-term memory. Timely feedback will help instill the correct information and minimize the opportunity for repeated mistakes. (Corbett and Anderson, 2001).