Students decide which part of their work they would like to share and why – a quick and easy feedback strategy with ‘surprising outcomes’.
It’s the end of a lesson and time for students to share their work.
Students may be asked to read a story or poem they have written, show an illustration or construction, discuss a completed mathematics problem or share a text response. Random questions may be asked about the work.
Only a few are selected for sharing time. Not everybody is listening or interested.
Say, ‘Tell us what you have done and what you would like us to notice.’
Response examples heard in classrooms.
- I have drawn somebody cleaning up rubbish and I would like you to notice that I have drawn a sign on the bin reminding people about using bins.
- I wrote a story about an alien and I would like you to notice that I have used three describing words so you know what he looks like. The words are small and spotty with furry ears.
- My poem is about the colour red. I will read this part and I want you to notice that I will use expression in my voice.
- This picture shows three people who work in the community and I want you to notice that I have used really bright colours and I have added a background to show you where they work.
- My answer is that the main character in the story was feeling overwhelmed with sadness when he was being bullied and I want you to notice that I used the word overwhelmed because it means he was really feeling very sad about the whole bullying experience.
What do you notice?
- Students provide a thoughtful response.
- You will be amazed at the variety of responses.
- The students’ focus on aspects of their work that they are pleased with – helps them feel good, great for building self-esteem.
- Students who have not finished can still share something they would like noticed.
- Students are reflecting.
- You feel relaxed and can sit and listen instead of constantly asking questions.
- All students pay attention during the sharing time – they are especially interested in the ‘what I would like you to notice’ and they notice!
- At the end of sharing provide feedback to the students and tell them what you noticed.
- Seat your students in a circle and get everyone to share.
- Using this strategy doesn’t take long, gets everyone thinking, sharing and feeling good because they have had something positive to say about their work.
- No need to ask extra questions – let the sharing proceed.
- Ask a student to organize the ‘I want you to notice’ feedback session.
- Once the students know how the feedback works use a sign next time. (It’s Pack Up Time strategy)
It’s time to pack up, meet me on the floor in a circle with your work. Be ready to tell us what you have done and what you would like us to notice.
Ask everyone to select a partner, show and discuss the work together then gather into a circle.
Partner A tells everyone about Partner B’s work.
Response examples provided by students from first year at school to year 6.
- My partner did a big house and I would like you to notice that the window has red curtains.
- My partner drew a plate of healthy food and I would like you to notice that the food is all the right colours.
- My partner drew a cockatoo’s feather and I would like you to notice that they used a really sharp pencil to draw the details.
- My partner wrote a story about a dragon and I want to read this part. I want you to notice that they used lots of action words like swishing and zooming.
- I will read out my partners answer and I would like you to notice that they used correct punctuation and the answer is right.
- I want you to notice that my partner used correct setting out and used a diagram to help solve this problem.
‘I want you to notice’ that by providing students with a different way of responding to their work they will reflect, make thoughtful decisions and constantly surprise you with their answers.