Do you have time to give feedback on student drafts?
Where does a teacher draw the line when it comes to giving feedback on student drafts? IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles reports.
Many schools require teachers to provide students with feedback on draft assignments and other assessment pieces.
Drafting, and provision of feedback on drafts, is seen as part of the assignment process and may be used as a mechanism for authenticating student work.
In circumstances where a final copy of an assignment is not submitted, drafts may also be used to assign a grade against the full marking criteria.
The role of the teacher is important and vital in assisting the student to do their best work.
However, it does not and should not replace the student’s work or input.
A review of a student draft allows a teacher to monitor their student’s work and progress, and assist the student with their response.
It can be a valuable time for the student and for the teacher to know where the student is currently performing and where the student needs to be.
However, teacher feedback on student drafts can be a very time consuming and work intensive.
Demands for feedback can be accentuated by a number of variables, including the often unrealistic timeframes imposed by leadership; onerous feedback styles that might be mandated at site level; and/or ambiguity regarding the line between student ownership of assessment work and teacher input to student’s work.
Where the teacher’s role begins and ends can be a grey area.
You’re entitled to time
For schools with a collective agreement, all drafting requirements should be able to be completed within the time allocated within Planning, Preparation and Correction Time (PPCT) specified in the hours of duty clauses.
If members believe their school’s middle or senior leadership is requiring drafts to be returned in unrealistic time frames, or requiring staff to provide onerous feedback, they are encouraged to take action such as speaking to their relevant school leader and contacting their union representative and/or organiser.
If there is a widespread issue of concern regarding student feedback, the School Consultative Committees (SCC) should convene to review school policies around providing feedback on student drafts. Where necessary, the SCC should negotiate with the school leadership around adequate time and resource provisions and processes for raising concerns.
Student drafts and teacher feedback can be effective educational practice; however, agreed guidelines need to be in place for teachers.
If you and your colleagues are experiencing issues with time allocated to provide student feedback, contact your organiser on FREECALL 1800 177 937 to take action.