When You Expect Rapid Feedback, the Fire to Perform Gets Hotter is the title of an article reporting on an interesting study.
It basically says that you’ll do better on a project if you have been led to believe you’ll be receiving prompt feedback on its quality.
I suspect that I’m not the only teacher out there who has procrastinated on getting feedback to students on their work. In the world as we’d like it to be, of course, all of us should want to do our best work all the time. However, since we actually live in the world as it is, it sounds like letting students know in advance that they’ll get prompt feedback on their work and delivering on that commitment might be something for us all to strive for a bit more….
I see that this study relates to projects which are scored quickly. This year, as an elementary teacher, I’ve computerized many of my weekly skills tests in reading/language arts. Students see immediately what their scores are and, even though I haven’t done a formal study, they seem more motivated to meet the 80% goal set and report to me when they do.