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Research Digest: What Does Science Have to Say About Feedback?

Using Red Font Influences the Emotional Perception of Critical Performance Feedback  Bertrams, Alex Althaus, Lea Boss, Tina Furrer, Patricia Jegher, Ladina C. Soszynska, Paulina Tschumi, Vinzenz (2019)
The participants’ subsequent evaluation of the feedback revealed that using red in the feedback caused the feedback to be perceived as relatively less emotionally positive. 
Using a red font indirectly had an adverse effect on the cognitive feedback perception, mediated via the emotional feedback perception.Big Take-Away: Be cautious with that red pen when giving feedback!
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How does Floop peer review work?

Helping Students Learn by Giving Feedback The Floop Peer Review tools lets teachers run a rapid, anonymous, and scaffolded peer review session during a single class period. After as little as 30 minutes, students have given and received three to five pieces of detailed peer feedback, focused on a specific criteria set by the teacher. Each sample of work a student sees receives feedback structured by the questions:

     1. How much do you agree that the criteria has been met?      2. What do you see in the work sample that supports your opinion?      3. How might your peer improve on the criteria?      4. What would you like to celebrate about this work sample?
Create an assignment Give it a specific criteria to guide the peer review. 
Monitor student submissions as they come in Have students submit & click "Run Peer Review"
Monitor the peer review session during class Give teacher feedback while students work Investigate interesting results & follow up Try Floop

Self-Assessment as the Starting Point for Holistic Feedback Systems

Every time I try a new unit, it seems like givingformative feedback isa more dauntingtask than usual. There areproblemsthat crop up that I can’t anticipate as well as new activities and assessments to design.Time for prep and feedback are both in short supply. Still, I was energized by Floop’srecent research on holistic feedback systemsand wanted to add a new feedback activity to the mix. Here’s what my lesson planning looked likeon our formative “feedback days.” Entry Task:self-assessment
Learning Activities:peer review, discussion,revision planning
Teacher Task:Select exactly one criterion per student necessitating teacher feedback. Make that selection based on self-assessment and peer review results.

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In Five Minutes, Teachers Can Begin to Build Students’ Feedback Literacy

“Ms. Matlick, I start to shake when I get on stage. I literally can almost throw up,” one student tells me. We have been knee-deep in a research process for three weeks now asmy students prep for writing their own informative TED talkson topics of their choosing.At the end of the unit, they willeach stand on a red-dotted stage and present their information in front of their peers. Many are excited, but several are naturally apprehensive, or worse. The public speaking element of the project certainly ups the stakes;andgiving the kids many opportunities to test out the stage and their material in front of small groups will do a lot to build confidence. But as we head into the drafting and revision stage of the writing process, I’m reminded of a post by Floop co-founder Christine Witcher. She wrote about howfeedback exchangesthemselvesin any context can be emotionally charged, too. She suggests that by not only preparing kids in the traditional sense for the task at hand, we shouldals…