Just noted this site providing articles about contemporary issues in school improvement, which seems interesting. The article that caught my attention was a study which challenged the research findings that have seemed to suggest that ‘feedback’ always led to improvement. Apparently it doesn’t when teachers misunderstand the term and simply offer vague praise.
Well, we should know this, its not the feedback, its the ability to describe clearly and passionately what children can achieve in terms that both children and teachers can recognise. I guess I am coming to the view that its teachers who can clearly communicate aspiration to their students that make a difference. Perhaps the particulars of the aspiration are less important than the fact that the students are inspired to aspire.