Creating an Organized Feedback/Evaluation Workflow

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Prompt:Write a post about giving feedback to students.
Some questions to jumpstart your thinking:

  • What is your favorite type of assignment upon which to comment? Why?
  • Do you have any tips to share on using rubrics, alternative assessments, or anything else related to feedback and grading work?
  • How do you balance constructive criticism and sensitive students?
  • How do students respond to your feedback? Do you have any thoughts about changes that could strengthen your feedback?
  • How do you give feedback “in the moment” during classroom activities? What are the most effective strategies you’ve used?

The following Post from March 8, 2017 might not fit exactly to the prompt above, but may help some teachers develop a workflow for feedback with students. Enjoy!

Recently, I met with a teacher who was looking for a way to digitalize her 3-page evaluation rubric for her students. In the past, the teacher would give this out at the end of a group project to each member. She would then have pages from her four periods to have to scour through and determine what each member thought was their personal strength, why (or why not) they thought the group collaborated well together, etc. She wanted a way to save time on the collection and distribution process as well as the dialogue of feedback. We setup a Google Form to collect the information, but the data on a Sheet is not easily readable. So we used a Google Sheets add-on, autoCrat, to take the data and input it into a <<tagged>> Google Doc template. Below are the Form (for you to fill-out and receive your own version of the Doc) and the template Doc. When the Doc is shared with the submitter, it is shared with ‘Can Comment’ rights. This way the teacher and can make comments on their selections without the students being able to make changes to their rubric.

Around the same time the teacher reached out to me, this Tweet appeared in my Twitter stream. Coincidence, I think not!

What have you automated in your classroom? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

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