Colour coding comments or questions can be a quick way to provide formative feedback

Colour coding comments or questions can be a quick way to provide formative feedback

Second time up and another two examples from the different phases of the school, both involving colour.

Firstly, as any parent from Junior school will tell you teachers in Y3 to Y6 use highlighters to annotate students’ work. ‘Outstanding orange’ is used to pick out examples where students have met the success criteria; ‘Growing Green’ is used to look at areas where the student needs to improve on something. Many times the expectation is on the student to offer corrections or additions which once again get the orange seal of approval or more green if it is still not quite there yet.

Secondly, I have come across a couple of examples of good old post-it notes being used by staff in Senior school, especially to leave feedback for students on written tasks, often in the form of questions. Students can then peel these off, stick them in their books and then respond to them in the next home learning cycle. Some colleagues use different colours to signal the difficulty or type of question.

I have also seen this used in Science to get feedback from the students themselves: students write questions they want answered, once again often colour-coded by difficulty. These are then stuck on the whiteboard. Other students, either the same class or others, then pick one-question from the whiteboard to tackle as their homelearning. These can be categorised by the level of challenge and, if done regularly, build up a student-led bank of extension exercises.

More to come after 10th November when some staff from both phases are meeting to discuss effective feedback. A couple of HODs have already volunteered, but if you want to be involved let me know!