A Fix for Ignored Feedback

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"Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback" (post) outlines a plan to "get ... students to actually read their feedback and care less about the grade."

"The Fix for Ignored Feedback": "The Plan"

1. Grade the Papers: 

  • "Grade ... as you usually would with comments on the written piece, but keep the rubric separate."

2. "Plan Independent Work"

  • "[C]reat[e] opportunities for students to do independent or group work for a few days when it’s time to return papers to students ... [to] give you time to conference with individual students."

3. "Return Papers"

a. "[R]eturn just the written work to students, not the completed rubric."

b. Include the following instructions on the student copy of the rubic:

  • "Read over your whole essay, including what you wrote and my comments."
  • "Write THREE observations based on your reading and TWO follow-up questions to discuss with me at our conference. Ask about comments, how to improve things, how to do things differently, etc."
  • "Use the rubric (posted online) to grade yourself."
  • "Be ready to discuss all of this."

4. Give "Time to Reflect"

  • "Return the essays during class, allowing time to explain, time for [students] to read their essays, and time for them to clarify if needed."
  • "Encourage them to go slowly."

5. "Conference with Each Student"

  • "[S]tart with, 'What do you want to talk about?' and let them guide the conference."
  • Allow them to "make comments ... [and] ask questions."
  • "[E]nd by asking students how they graded themselves according to the rubric."

6. Allow "Revision"

"[Offer students the opportunity to rewrite their essay ... to ... become better writers ... Depending on the assignment, these are the usual requirements":

  • "The student must meet with me 1 to 3 times (depends on the student and the essay) before it is due."
  • "These meetings are quick 'check-in' style meetings: What are you planning to do? What have you done? What questions do you have?'"
  • "The student must make substantial revisions, not just grammatical edits."
  • "The student must turn in the original and the updated draft on time."
A visual containing the following information: How to Delay a Grade So Students Actually Read Your Feedback: 1. When you mark papers, write comments on student work like you normally would, but only put the grade on the rubric. 2. Return just the papers to the student but keep the rubric. 3. Have students re-read their papers and your comments [and] then write three observations and two questions about their work based on the feedback. 4. Have the students use the rubric to give themselves a grade. 5. Conference with each student (plan independent work for the rest of the class). During this time. have students share their observations, questions, and grade with you. Then share your grade and finished rubric with them. 6. Allow students to revise and resubmit their work.


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