Shona Gamson

Primary Teacher

St Margaret of Scotland Primary

  • Assessment For Learning

What happens when I give real time, verbal feedback to my pupils?


The aim of this enquiry was to observe the impact verbal feedback had on learning and teaching. Verbal feedback is a collaborative learning strategy in which students and teachers can immediately respond to any learning issues there may be. This allows for responsive and immediate dialogue between teacher and pupil which, in turn, establishes where support and guidance needs to be implemented. This classroom practice is extensively studied and has been shown to have many benefits for learners; Natriello (1987) has suggested, there may well be a positive relationship between the level of standards and student effort and performance. By using verbal feedback students inherently increase their understanding of the learning (Carrier & Fautsch- Partridge, 1981). The vast majority of students will respond positively to feedback that shows you care about them and their learning. Brookhart (2017) states the feedback you give students should be engaging, informative, and, above all, effective. Written feedback can be seen as a task which is both labour intensive and fruitless since most students can’t absorb that feedback and put it to use (Brookhart, 2017)


The purpose of this enquiry was to find out:

  1. Does using verbal feedback offer my pupils adequate support.
  2. To what extent does verbal feedback impact on a child’s work.
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