Educational Spaces 21. Open up!
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Module 1. Feedback, not grades

Regular feedback with concrete guidelines and recommendations (both written and oral) is better than a final grade in supporting the learning process. Such a system guarantees fast and precise information sharing with the student. Children have to know immediately which parts of their performance were good, which need improvement and what to do in order to fare better next time.

Giving the student a final grade that cannot be changed, on the other hand, gives the opposite effect. Both adults and children will treat it as a closed case which is no longer worth taking care of.

IMPORTANT! Professor John Hattie from Auckland University has studied over 800 meta-analyses of over 50,000 studies involving over 200m students. He wanted to see what truly influences students' school results. According to his research, feedback and continuous evaluation can boost student performance!