Course Details

Feedback is at the heart of instruction. How we look a student in the eye, listen with empathy, and respond at their point of need determines whether learning takes place.

This course is FREE to Choice Literacy members with paid annual subscriptions, but you need to contact us first. To waive the registration fee, just contact us directly at this link and be sure to INCLUDE THE COURSE TITLE in your message as well as the email address for your paid membership. We will enroll you today!

The course is divided into four short sections, each tackling a different aspect of giving, receiving, and using student feedback:

1. Getting Feedback

2. Supporting Peer-to-Peer Feedback

3. Responding to Feedback

4. Using Feedback

The video preview for each module gives an overview of the articles and videos included for the topic. Articles and modules contain reflection forms to help you translate new ideas into action.

Contributors of print features and/or video for the course include

Stephanie Affinito (author of Literacy Coaching),

Jennifer Allen (author of Becoming a Literacy Leader),

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills (coauthors of the Kate and Tara blog),

Ann Marie Corgill (author of the book Of Primary Importance),

Mary Lee Hahn (coauthor of the A Year of Reading blog),

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan (authors of Assessment in Perspective and It’s All About the Books),

Melanie Meehan (author of Every Child Can Write),

Cathy Mere (author of More Than Guided Reading),

Dana Murphy (longtime contributor to Two Writing Teachers),

Heather Rader (author of Side By Side: Short Takes on Best Practices),

Christy Rush-Levine (middle school teacher and coach),

and many others.

Each section of the course begins with a brief screencast from Ruth Ayres with advice, tools, and stories from her experience as a coach and school leader. Follow-up articles and videos feature strategies and support from contributing teachers and school leaders.

Prompts for reflection and planning are included, as well as a forum for comments and written conversations with classmates. A two-month trial Literacy Leadership membership is included in the course fee, enabling participants to receive new and updated resources delivered weekly to their inboxes through the Big Fresh newsletter.

Remember—This course is FREE to Choice Literacy members with paid annual subscriptions, but you need to contact us first. To register, just contact us directly at this link and be sure to INCLUDE THE COURSE TITLE in your message as well as the email address for your paid membership. We will enroll you today!

Course Curriculum

1
Getting Student Feedback

This first module explores ways of receiving student feedback.

2
Peer-to-Peer Feedback

How can we help students respond more thoughtfully and incisively to each other? That's the focus of this section of the course.

3
Responding to Student Feedback

In this section of the course, we think through the many ways teachers can respond to student feedback.

4
Using Student Feedback

Feedback is also valuable if it is used. In this final section of the course, teachers share creative ways to make the most of feedback received.

Meet Your Instructor

Instructor
Ruth Ayres

I spent years as a full-time writing coach for Wawasee School District in northern Indiana, helping students find meaning in their stories and encouraging teachers to reflect on and refine the art of teaching. I love documenting ordinary stories from everyday life. I am currently head of the Lead Learners Consortium in northern Indiana. I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University.

I like helping students see the power of their everyday stories and helping them learn how their words can make the world a better place. I consider myself among the most fortunate because I spend my days with children and adolescents, teaching them how to make sense of the world through reading and to impact the world with their voice through writing.

In my free time I like to read, write, take photos, walk, cook, and scrapbook. My husband, Andy, and I have four children.

Enrollment Options

Enrollment Closed

Enrollment for this course is currently closed. If you need special access please contact us.