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The Hinge That Joins Teaching and Learning



December 2011 | 144 pages | Corwin
The hinge-factor to improving student learning is right before our eyes in the classroom, and yet big budget reforms continue to look outside of the classroom. The hinge-factor is ôfeedback.ö The new cognitive feedback definition improves upon the old behaviorism one, offering new techniques and new strategies for teachers to use in classrooms. All teachers employ what they perceive to be feedback strategies, but most need to revisit the what, why, and how about feedback and the latest buzzword û formative assessment. Feedback is information communicated about an action, event, or process that relates back to the original source or goal. In the classroom, timely feedback can be any information that a learner receives as a consequence of performance that can be used to make improvements. Research and practice show that what is critical about feedback is: Not who gives it but who receives it. That it needs to be timely. Teachers need to learn basic techniques to efficiently turn curriculum statements into just-right learning targets so students can learn efficient progress monitoring with the help of the teacher. Students are adept at self-reporting and can learn strategies to track their own performances when instruction is deliberate. Learning to use a new definition of feedback, the hinge factor, teachers will find gains in classrooms without making other structural changes that are costly and political. Administrators can learn techniques to support teachers using the research during supervision.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Hinges in Action
 
About the Author
 
1. The Hinge Factor: Feedback
Managing Feedback

 
Research on Feedback

 
Feedback for Instruction, Not Only Assessment

 
Small Changes, Positive Gains

 
 
2. Positive Deviants
The Soup and the Ladle

 
Small Changes, Dramatic Results

 
The Flip

 
Making the Small Changes

 
 
3. The Tell-Tale Students
Tell-Tale Students

 
Feedback and Goal Setting

 
Feedback: Self

 
Feedback: Effort

 
Feedback From Peers and Feedback to the Teacher

 
Feedback Throughout the Class

 
Feedback in an Instant

 
Feedback Works to Engage

 
A Good Set of Goals

 
Invisible in Plain Sight

 
 
4. Learn to Engage
Was I That Teacher?

 
Simple Technique: Turn-and-Talk

 
Feedback: Peer Teaching

 
Feedback: The Brain That Changes Itself

 
Simple Technique: Take Notes

 
Feedback: Self, Peer, Teacher

 
Goals to Guide Notes

 
Note-Taking Methods

 
Evaluation Scale or Rubric

 
Feedback Is a Two-Way Street

 
Putting it Together

 
Many Strategies Work

 
 
5. Feedback From the Teacher
Feedback by Walking Around

 
Feedback to Standards

 
Doctors, Pilots, and English Teachers

 
A Good Set of Goals

 
Prepare to Give Feedback

 
Better Feedback, Better Performance

 
Feedback in the Twenty-First Century

 
Feedback and the Unmotivated Student

 
Changing Grading Habits

 
Feedback in Large Classes

 
What Motivates Us

 
 
6. Feedback Changed My Teaching
Except

 
The How, Not the What

 
Twenty-First Century Feedback

 
You Don't Need Feedback Until You Need Feedback

 
Feedback for Myself

 
Everybody's Talking at Me

 
Tell-Tale Students, a Hinge Factor, and Positive Deviants

 
 
References and Resources
 
Index

"Chapters offer analysis of a no-cost technique that only involves a little adjustment in teaching strategy, offering an approach that works like an app and produces results. Classroom examples and success stories offer applied examples of feedback at work."

Midwest Book Review, April 2012
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Key features

Through specific examples, a teacher can see herself or himself changing classroom practices. Although the focus of the book is necessarily teacher to student, those changes result in tangential changes that are productive: teacher and administrator, teacher and parent/guardian, teacher and teacher.

Detailed recommendations to teachers will be integrated in each chapter. The book will offer classroom techniques easily used by teachers and observed by principals.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter1: The Hinge Factor: Feedback


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