Feedback is a passion of mine and is something I am always trying to improve on. This term, I was inspired by a tweet from a UK English teacher @JenJayneWilson who generously shared an example of what she calls a “WIN Grid” to create clear and meaningful feedback to students.
The first feedback grid that I created was for the Year 11 Area of Study – Creative Task feedback Grid. I used it, with conferencing, with my students and they loved it. Their strengths were recognised, the feedback was clear and gave them specifics to work on for their next creative task. They all felt that they knew exactly what they, individually, needed to improve on in a far more specific way than a comment at the end of their task and a mark.
From that success, I created grids for the Year 7 and Year 8 Term Two tasks – a Letter to Editor Grid and a Year 8 Creative Grid. These were shared with the other teachers, discussed and refined and then used on our corporate marking evening at the end of Term Two. As a response was marked, their strengths and areas for improvement were highlight. This proved to be time efficient for the markers and will be, hopefully, great for the students re how to improve their writing.
Creating the GRIDS is, in itself, a very useful exercise as it makes the marker think about what a good response will look like – content, language and construction. This can then feedback to the teaching process just as the discovered areas of weakness will inform future teaching.
I will definitely be creating more feedback grids!