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The Hinge That Joins Teaching and Learning

December 2011 | 144 pages | Corwin

Works like an app to close the learning gap!

Jane E. Pollock, coauthor of Classroom Instruction That Works, expands on the bestseller's feedback strategy in this groundbreaking work. While feedback is not a new concept, what is new is using it the way children use computer apps—to set goals, track their progress, and self-regulate their own learning. With only a slight shift in teaching strategy, this no-cost technique

  • Informs teachers while students are learning, not after
  • Engages and motivates learners
  • Teaches 21st-century skills
  • Helps students understand and meet standards

Educators will find a wealth of classroom examples and success stories that bring this proven practice to life. In addition to boosting achievement, Feedback helps students develop a lifelong learning skill that they will use in everything they do.

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

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

"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
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


Chapter1: The Hinge Factor: Feedback

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ISBN: 9781412997430
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