What is feedback?

The comments you make about someone else's work and ideas on how they could improve upon it.

feedback = how they did + how they could do even better

Why is effective feedback important?

  1. It provides support
    by pointing our achievements
    by helping you build confidence
    by identifying your strengths
  2. It helps improvement
    by addressing areas for improvement
    by identifying mistakes
    by providing clear and realistic next steps
    by explaining the grade you received
  3. It offers new perspectives
    as an opportunity to hear someone else's opinion
    by allowing you to learn from your peers
    by encouraging you to try new things or quit bad habits

What to keep in mind when you're giving feedback

Make it relevant
Make sure your feedback is closely linked to the discussion learning goals and Point Types.

Provide examples
Provide a specific example of how your peer can improve their work:
           "I like this, but have you considered..."
           "To do even better, you could..."
           "To meet all the learning goals, try..."

Maintain balance
Acknowledge your peer's strengths and areas for improvement.

Extend their thinking
Use questions to prompt your peer to think of other ways to improve their performance:
            "Could you explain this further?"
            "Is this always the case?"
            "What evidence supports your point?"
            "What other perspectives are there?"
            "How could you have made your message more clear?"  

Be clear and concise
Write in complete sentence and be as straight-forward as possible to your message is clear.

Be respectful

Make sure you are commenting on the work and not the person. Read your message aloud and pat attention to your tone and language.

What to keep in mind when you are receiving feedback

It's OK to disagree
Whether you are commenting on someone's work or the one receiving feedback, don't be afraid to disagree with your peers.

The person giving feedback isn't always right– but remember that they are trying to help so remain respectful and try to be open to their opinion.

Don't be too hard on yourself
Remember that mistakes are inevitable– they show that you are trying and learning.

Carefully consider the feedback your are receiving and see it as an opportunity to improve next time.

Start a conversation
Reply to peer feedback!
Explain your point of view and the choices you made.
Also acknowledge where you can improve. 

Being able to accept constructive criticism and respond to it in an honest but respectful manner is a sign of growth.

Remember feedback doesn't equal negativity or criticism.
Peer feedback provides an opportunity to improve and expand on ideas through collaboration.

In short, feedback helps everyone!

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