Dear Families,

We wanted to thank you again for all of your work during teacher-led distance learning.  We are so proud of the work that our students are submitting and it really does seem that many of you have settled into a routine to complete your learning.  Please remember that this is our new way of learning and it is ‘school’.  The expectation is that each student complete the minimum hours as set out by the Ministry per week and complete the work that has assigned by teachers.  If you are experiencing any difficulties or have any questions, please do not hesitate to email your child’s teacher or Mrs.Sica (tammy.sica@wcdsb.ca) and we would be more than happy to assist you!  

Descriptive Feedback (Formative Assessment)

As noted by the Ministry of Education, assessment of student work during teacher-led distance learning will take the form of feedback or formative assessment rather than grading.   Research has shown that providing timely and specific feedback to students throughout the process of learning, not just on a final grade, will yield more growth in student learning (John Hattie).  Providing this feedback without marks (i.e. Level 3 or 75%) is the best motivation for students to improve their work as they will know exactly what they need to do (i.e. revise, extend their thinking, check their strategies, etc.).  During teacher-led distance learning, teachers will continue to provide detailed feedback (i.e. three stars and a wish) to students to improve their learning.  

What is Feedback?

 Not every piece of student work will be given feedback but rather only on those tasks most needed to improve achievement.   Feedback highlights:

  • What the student is doing well.
  • What still needs improvement 
  • What specific steps are necessary and/or what specific strategies can students use to improve learning 

When students submit or “turn in” their  work on Google Classroom, teachers will provide feedback (comments either in the form of voice notes, video, or written and shared back privately to students) on some of these assignments.

What do students do with the feedback?

Feedback allows students to improve their performance and encourages both practice and risk-taking.  When the classroom teacher provides feedback, students need to consider the feedback and use it to improve and change their work and future assignments/tasks.  This is where the learning happens for your child.  

This week, carefully consider the descriptive feedback (i.e. comments, three starts and a wish, or questions)  that your child’s teacher has provided and use it to look over your work again.   Refocus, improve your mastery of the skill, and further engage in your learning!  

Descriptive feedback is “the most powerful tool for improving student learning.” Black, Harrison, Lee and William