Reasoning & explaining (MP2, MP3)

Encouraging Effort through Feedback


A sixth-grade math teacher shares her approach to feedback in the classroom and its effect on her students.  She shares her enthusiasm as a complex instructor and speaks about giving specific feedback on effort and performance, rather than general praise without direction and follow up.

SOURCE: Doing What Works

The Nature of Prescriptive Feedback (Part 1)

Dr. Carol Dweck, from Stanford, is a leader in the research on effective feedback for students. In this video she describes the research on the effects of prescriptive, informational feedback and provides some examples of such feedback.

Key Concepts in Organizing Instruction & Study

Hal Pashler, chair of the expert panel that produced the IES Practice Guide on Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, describes how research in cognitive psychology can help us understand and address common problems in teaching and learning. He gives an overview of four research-based practices, discusses how they might be used in schools, and provides implications for professional development.

FEATURING: Hal Pashler, University of California, San Diego

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Equal Sharing in Grade 1

Watch a teacher guide students through a problem set requiring fair sharing of objects and sets of objects. Using Sharing Cookies Worksheets, she provides differentiated challenges based on students’ skill level.

SOURCE: Doing What Works