Feedback Breaks



FACT

FORMATIVE
ASSESSMENT FOR
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FEEDBACK BREAKS

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Feedback breaks are brief exercises that are used at pause points in lessons to allow students to take stock of their learning. They are essentially self-assessment exercises built strategically into moments of the lesson where retrospection would be helpful, for example after one concept has been presented, before moving on to another concept that builds on previous understanding. 

Feedback breaks also give students an opportunity to articulate their emerging understandings in words, which helps them process what they are learning. Teachers get information about how students are progressing, and students have an opportunity to consolidate their emerging understandings of new content. A teacher can also strategically use a question at a critical pause point to help determine the direction for the remainder of the lesson. Dylan Wiliam has called these hinge point questions. See Dylan talk about these questions on video here: https://youtu.be/Mh5SZZt207k .



Resources


Blank Slides.
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What's Clear? What's Unclear?
 
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One Minute Papers
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Hinge Point Questions