Feedback is an essential tool for teachers with a Hattie effect size of .73 in 2015 (Visual Learning). For feedback to be effective, then the teacher must institute a system where the feedback is prompt, timely, and specific to the student’s writing. When some teachers have a workload of 160 or more students, some of this becomes difficult. Even if I spend 3 minutes per paper, given it is a 4-page paper, and then I will spend 213.3 minutes or 3 hours and 33 minutes. Given this time spent on each paper, how is quality feedback expected. I would be lying if I believed I provided quality feedback to all students given that time frame.
In comes the Graide Network. Now, both teacher and student can receive work with detailed sentence and word level feedback within days of submission. With the shortening of time spent on submission-feedback return cycle, I can provide time for students to reflect on the feedback, improve their writing, and complete the process again as needed. The feedback is no longer summative, but rather formative and driving my instruction in the classroom.
Isn’t it time to stop grading and start Graiding?
Visual Learning. (2016, May 10). Hattie ranking-interactive visualization. Retrieved from http://visible-learning.org/nvd3/visualize/hattie-ranking-interactive-2009-2011-2015.html