From first draft to excellence, the magic of feedback

Austin’s Butterfly, “The final draft was always within him. It just needed to find a way out.”

This video by Ron Berger is an inspiring reflection on modeling the art of effective feedback in a way that brings out the best of student potential. The magic of this clip is partly due to the unspoken culture of this class, based on three essential principles: be kind, helpful, and specific. The challenge to the teacher is to provide authentic situations in which students can participate actively in their own learning as well as that of their peers. Creating a culture of dynamic critique among students requires teaching specific skills. Watch this clip to see how Ron Berger brings that to life.

Austin’s Butterfly: Building Excellence in Student Work – Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback from Expeditionary Learning on Vimeo.

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