Issue 03 | April 20, 2012 | The Value of Feedback

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Greetings!

The article below on "feedback" is only a portion of the newly updated Resource Advisor.  We are putting the finishing touches on it now by inputting current curriculum and a whole section on the value of student work assessment.  Soon you will be able to order the new Resource Advisor from our website.

*Please Note: Since this newsletter came out, the Resource Advisor has been published, and is available here.*

 Featured Student

 Normally NARHS works with only U.S. or Canadian citizens.  But a graduate-age girl from another country called the business office a few months back and explained her dilemma.

 While her parents had been U.N. ambassadors living in the states, she attended a public high school.  After a few years, when the family returned to their homeland, her credits earned in the U.S. high school could not be recognized by her country's educational institutions. It is the custom where she lives, that all young people serve in the military, but in order for her to do that, she needed a high school diploma.   So she chose to transfer her credits into NARHS for graduation.  The military agreed to accept that diploma. 

 Because she is not a U.S. citizen, we requested that she have three people from either the school or the U.N. write us to verify that she was in the country legally, and that she was a friend of this nation.

 The Value of Feedback

 One of the most important components of effective learning is feedback, but it can be frustrating.  Many avoid it, but if an athlete, or musician or artist or even a student wants to get better, accurate and quick feedback is a must. 

Accurate feedback involves details that include what is good and what needs improvement. When a student has written an essay, the best way for that rough draft to become well-crafted is for a proofreader to explain what was well done and then to offer suggestions for improvement. 

Timeliness is the second factor that makes or breaks the value of feedback.  If the correction comes quickly, incorrect processes or bad habits don't get cemented.   If a student has been working a type of math problem wrong for a week before finding out about the error, that student will have unlearning to do now as well.  The sooner the error is caught, the easier the correct skill can be established.

Here are 4 reasons why feedback works to strengthen the skills of students:

  1. With feedback to guide them, students are more likely to produce work that meets the set standard.
  2. With feedback, a student more easily understands what excellent work looks like.
  3. Feedback helps the student realize the criteria for high school level work.
  4. Feedback enables the student to see concrete ways to improve the work in order to meet or exceed the standard.

 Give Us Feedback!

 We like feedback too!

We are trying our best to make these newletters interesting and informative.  However, just like students, the best way for us to do this is to get feedback from our readers.  What would you like to see in future newsletters?  Let us know by replying to this email, or contacting us through our website, www.narhs.org.