Teachers are often dissatisfied with the rate and degree of improvement in their students’ work. How can students be better supported to know what to do next or differently as they work towards a learning target? One answer is to create more feedback loops.
The human body depends on feedback loops to maintain proper functioning. Feedback loops are universal in the field of science and engineering as without them outputs that fail to meet the desired outcome cannot be detected and corrected. The role of feedback loops in teaching and learning is equally important. Feedback loops monitor and respond to student outputs frequently thus reducing the degree of drift from the learning target. Students respond positively to more frequent feedback because the information generated affords them the opportunity to make smaller corrective actions rather than burdening both student and teacher with more complicated corrective actions at a later stage in the learning process and at a point where there may not be enough time.
In this institute, participants will learn about feedback as defined by educational researchers such as John Hattie, Grant Wiggins and Dylan Williams, and apply the steps involved in creating and using more feedback loops.
The aim of the institute is to increase student learning and achievement by increasing teachers’ frequent and skillful use of feedback in the classroom.
Key learning outcomes:
- to explain what feedback loops are and how they help students close the gap between their current performance and the target performance
- to embed structures in your teaching practice that enable feedback loops
- to analyse students’ work to identify gaps in knowledge and plan the instructional response to address those gaps
- to design corrective instruction that offers alternate ways to acquire a concept or skill
Elizabeth Imende-Cooney is founder and director of Advancing Educators. She earned her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and her Ed.M. in Teaching & Learning from Harvard University and was licensed as a staff developer by Research for Better Teaching, the organization with the longest and most successful track record of any professional development provider in the United States for building in-house professional development capacity to ensure skillful teaching.
With over a decade of experience in her field, Elizabeth has led over two thousand educators and administrators in programs of study. In her work, Elizabeth helps schools to institutionalize the study and application of research-based instructional practices that improve student learning and increase educators’ confidence and skill in analysing their practice.
Elizabeth also designs and presents professional development programs in a way that fosters the development of professional learning communities within schools. In addition to her work in American public and private schools, Elizabeth has consulted for schools and educational organizations in Latin America, Europe, Asia, East and Southern Africa and presented on a range of educational topics including systems change, backward design and curriculum planning, thinking skills, instructional clarity, feedback loops, student-centered learning and global citizenship.
Visa and Health
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Hotel Name: Stillness Manor
Physical Address: 16 Debaren Close, Tokai, Cape Town
Phone No: +27 21 713 8822
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 110
Participants to email firstname.lastname@example.org copied to Saige Robinson on email address email@example.com.
Participants must inform Saige they are booking on the AISCT reduced rates.
Hotel – School Transport
- Uber is available in Cape Town and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the Mobile App.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Stillness Manor in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.