Feedback: The Hinge That Joins Teaching and Learning


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 ...

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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 people use computer apps—to set goals, track their progress, and 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

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Editorial Reviews

Joanele Hoce
"A game changer! Jane Pollock has done it again. Feedback has the potential to truly transform classroom instruction and positively impact student engagement, motivation and achievement. A must-have for all educators."
Jason Wenschlag

“With Feedback, Pollock helps teachers, administrators, and coaches by prescribing strategies for creating a culture of feedback. The wonderful instructional tools and clear explanations in this book create a blueprint for developing independent thinkers, engaged students, and high achievers in every classroom."

Michael Pakakis
“This book demonstrates the essential connection between establishing clear learning goals and feedback.The author usesaccessible language and real-life examples to allow educators to visualize the application of the strategies in the classroom.”
Chris Joch

Feedback transforms the roles of both the classroom teacher and principal. The teacher becomes a learning coach by providing ongoing feedback to students. This affirms students or allows them to redirect their learning.”

Linda Law
Feedback provides strategies that teachers can implement to improve student achievementandoptimize student engagement. The author offers real-life teacher strategiesthat can be adapted into any classroom and will motivate students to become involved in learning instead of just being bystanders.”
Dana L. Ziegler

“Captivating and sensible, Feedback offers realistic information about how to motivate the unmotivated learner in your classroom and improve student achievement!"

Bill Hayes
“Jane Pollock shows us that feedback is not the destination on our educational journey, but it is the vehicle that moves students toward clear learning goals and drives instructional planning for teachers.”
Diane Quirk
"Jane Pollockhelpsus understand how engagement in learning changes when feedback becomes a collaboration betwen student and teacher. The practical implementation of a variety of strategies is conveyed through the use of a 'teacher voice', making it seem accessible and doable for all teachers."
Michael Adams
"Jane Pollock illustrates the importance of empowering our students to manage their own learning through the use of instructive feedback."
David T Conley
"The strategies and ideas laid out by Jane Pollock help to move teaching and learning beyond the kind of test-prep dominated models of instruction found in too many schools, and toward approaches that will cause learners to understand and retain more information, and then to do better on tests, as well!"
Midwest Book Review
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412997430
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/2/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 340,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Jane Pollock's PD offerings

Jane E. Pollock, Learning Horizon, Inc., specializes in teaching and supervising learning. She provides long-term consulting services to schools worldwide that help them improve student learning and teaching practices. Dr. Pollock is the author of Improving Student Learning One Teacher at a Time (2007) and the coauthor of Dimensions of Learning Teacher and Training Manuals (1996), Assessment, Grading and Record Keeping (1999), Classroom Instruction That Works (2001), Improving Student Learning One Principal at a Time (2009) and Improving Student Learning by Minding the Gap (2011). She is an adjunct faculty member for various universities in the United States. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Pollock has earned degrees at the University of Colorado and Duke University.

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Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xii

Hinges in Action xiv

About the Author xvi

1 The Hinge Factor. Feedback 1

Managing Feedback 2

Research on Feedback 3

Feedback for Instruction, Not Only Assessment 4

Small Changes, Positive Gains 6

2 Positive Deviants 9

The Soup and the Ladle 10

Small Changes, Dramatic Results 11

The Flip 13

Making the Small Changes 16

3 The Tell-Tale Students 18

Tell-Tale Students 19

Feedback and Goal Setting 20

Feedback: Self 22

Feedback: Effort 28

Feedback From Peers and Feedback to the Teacher 32

Feedback Throughout the Class 34

Feedback in an Instant 35

Feedback Works to Engage 37

A Good Set of Goals 38

Invisible in Plain Sight 41

4 Learn to Engage 43

Was I That Teacher? 44

Simple Technique: Turn-and-Talk 46

Feedback: Peer Teaching 48

Feedback: The Brain That Changes Itself 53

Simple Technique: Take Notes 55

Feedback: Self, Peer, Teacher 57

Goals to Guide Notes 57

Note-Taking Methods 59

Evaluation Scale or Rubric 63

Feedback Is a Two-Way Street 64

Putting It Together 66

Many Strategies Work 68

5 Feedback From the Teacher 69

Feedback by Walking Around 70

Feedback to Standards 73

Doctors, Pilots, and English Teachers 76

A Good Set of Goals 77

Prepare to Give Feedback 78

Better Feedback, Better Performance 83

Feedback in the Twenty-First Century 84

Feedback and the Unmotivated Student 87

Changing Grading Habits 93

Feedback in Large Classes 94

What Motivates Us 101

6 Feedback Changed My Teaching 103

Except 104

The How, Not the What 105

Twenty-First Century Feedback 109

You Don't Need Feedback Until You Need Feedback 110

Feedback for Myself 112

Everybody's Talking at Me 114

Tell-Tale Students, a Hinge Factor, and Positive Deviants 116

References and Resources 117

Index 119

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