Answer: Why is it important for an instructor to consider student performance data when providing feedback?  How can feedback be both observational and instructional?

Providing quality feedback to students means not just looking at each piece of their work individually, but rather, looking at and assessing the scope of their work as a whole thus far. Doing this allows teacher and student to observe the student’s progress and better assess their understanding over time.

For example, if a student enters 9th grade unable to craft a strong thesis statement but by midterms they are able to write a decent one that still needs some improvement, the teacher can then provide meaningful, personalized feedback and instruction based on that student’s progress from the beginning of the year to the middle. This also allows feedback to be both observational and instructional by focusing on the scope of the individual student’s work.

Artifact: Provide a student work sample and accompanying feedback.

Student Sample with Feedback