Tact Test: How good are you at delivering feedback?
There's nothing worse than talking to a proverbial brick wall. If you're a teacher or professor who grades student or employee performance, take our quiz to gauge your effectiveness. You may just get schooled.
Test feedback strategies are commonly involve in the following:
good, bad and ugly
timing, delivery and tact
timing, amount, mode and audience
What does the term "timing" have to do with test results?
It refers to the timing of when teachers give feedback to a test the students take.
Teachers are timed as they pass out test results and must complete the task in less than a minute.
It describes the length of time students have to complete a test.
What is the optimal timeframe for returning a written test?
What is a good example of the educational psychology term "knowledge of results?"
After handing back graded tests, a teacher spends time with students going over the answers.
After handing back graded tests, a teacher moves on to the next topic.
Students are asked to retake the test if it was not 100 percent correct.
What is the optimal amount of feedback to provide after a test?
You should focus on specific items or topics.
Fix everything. One hundred percent is the goal.
Ignore the test results and move on to the next related topic. It's now in the past.
How many corrections should you write on paper tests?
You should point out every single error, no matter how small.
Just give an overall comment without being specific on each item.
You should give feedback only on key learning targets.
You've administered a written test; what is the best way to offer feedback?
Demonstrate how to mark the correct answers.
Provide written feedback so students can look over the comments.
Use oral feedback, because obviously these students don't read well.
If you'd like to add value to your written test feedback, do this:
Use a brightly colored marker, preferably red, to make your comments.
Write a comprehensive list of all the things the student got wrong on his or her test.
Limit your comments and, if you need to say more, follow up with a personal conversation.
Why is it important to tailor test feedback to the audience?
It's OK to use a generalized approach.
It connects the tested topics with review or additional information.
It's guaranteed to raise overall test scores the rest of the year.
What is one way to make feedback more powerful?
You should correct misconceptions instead of pointing out lack of information.
You should assign additional materials to study over the weekend.
You should quiz the student in front of his or her peers.
Is saying "smart girl/boy" a good way to provide feedback?
only if it's true
What's an example of ineffective test feedback?
offering concrete ideas to improve
encouraging, encouraging, encouraging
criticizing without offering ideas to improve
Regardless of test score, one way to offer encouraging feedback to a student is to:
comment on the work process or study strategy
admit the test was difficult
agree the test was easy
When reviewing test results, what should you ask students to do?
make an appointment with tutors
identify why the correct answer is correct
get out their red pens
What's the best way to use comparison during test feedback?
You compare a student's work with other students' using a wall chart to illustrate.
You use different criteria for each student as you determine which feedback to give.
You compare the group's work to previous groups or to a benchmark.
What is one way to keep your test feedback positive?
Offer constructive improvements.
Describe where the student went wrong.
Ask the student where he thinks he went wrong.
How can you gauge whether your test feedback is working over time?
The principal stops by your classroom less often. Yay!
The students balk at taking tests.
The students are motivated to learn.
What is one new way of offering test feedback?
pen and ink
What is one way technology is changing test feedback?
Tests are easier to score.
Screenshots are sent by e-mail.
Test feedback now results in dry-eye syndrome.
This method of feedback was inspired by game show audiences:
electronic voting systems
start all feedback sentences with "What is"