Direct their Next Steps


“Feedback, whether it be written or verbal, must direct the next step for students. In Wiliam’s words, it should be a “recipe for future action” and provide direction for where students need to go next. Comments should be prioritized into smaller, doable next steps with time provided for students to apply the feedback they have been given. Oftentimes, less feedback can have a greater impact.” – Feedback: A Recipe for Future Action, Teresa Rogers, Kentucky Teacher 2017

The quality of the feedback you give should direct kids to the next steps. This jumped out at me this week as I read the first and second articles in this series by Rogers. I immediately thought of the most recent feedback I had given students in my high school’s creative writing class. I’m certain my feedback lacked the information they needed to make those next steps. Before I read those next set of creative writing pieces, I need to really consider how to give quality feedback that they can act upon. I need to give DESCRIPTIVE feedback.

“Descriptive feedback is intended to be constructive and is composed of both ‘achievement feedback’ and ‘improvement feedback.'” – Rogers

Descriptive Feedback Helps All Students Reach Proficiency from EL Education on Vimeo.