Evidence from mosque and madrassah audits over the last decade have shown that many teachers are not effective at providing children with the feedback they require to help them evaluate their learning and identify what or how to improve. In general, most feedback is too little, too late, too vague, too impersonal or in most cases non-existent.
Effective feedback should always relate back to the learning objective, highlighting out success and improvement needs. It should offer clear guidance on how work can be improved, the next steps in learning and how pupils can take them.
In creating a positive environment for learning, many teachers increase the level of praise that they give during feedback sessions. However, praise should to be realistic if the feedback is to be meaningful. Regular, excessive praise often does more harm than good, leading to delusion or even frustration and resentment. Can you imagine being praised every time you make a mistake? To be effective, praise must be sincere and confirm a child’s own sense of reality.
- Remember each student is an individual and learns at a different pace.
- Give students regular feedback.
- If a student does not perform well in a test, find out what they found difficult and give them a chance to learn from it.
- It can sometimes help for a teacher to pay close attention to the students when they are sitting tests in order to determine what parts they are struggling with and spending more time on.
- After each lesson always consider: what did the students learn? Was it in line with the learning objectives?