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Flash Feedback [Grades 6-12]

Responding to Student Writing Better and Faster – Without Burning Out

By: Matthew Johnson

Offering solutions to burnout, Flash Feedback takes teachers through the process of crafting strategic feedback to student writing that is both more efficient and more meaningful.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544360492
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: March 06, 2020

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Beat burnout with time-saving best practices for feedback

For ELA teachers, the danger of burnout is all too real. Inundated with seemingly insurmountable piles of papers to read, respond to, and grade, many teachers often find themselves struggling to balance differentiated, individualized feedback with the one resource they are already overextended on—time.

Matthew Johnson offers classroom-tested solutions that not only alleviate the feedback-burnout cycle, but also lead to significant growth for students. These time-saving strategies built on best practices for feedback help to improve relationships, ignite motivation, and increase student ownership of learning.

Flash Feedback
also takes teachers to the next level of strategic feedback by sharing:

  • How to craft effective, efficient, and more memorable feedback
  • Strategies for scaffolding students through the meta-cognitive work necessary for real revision
  • A plan for how to create a culture of feedback, including lessons for how to train students in meaningful peer response
  • Downloadable online tools for teacher and student use

Moving beyond the theory of working smarter, not harder, Flash Feedback works deeper by developing practices for teacher efficiency that also boost effectiveness by increasing students’ self-efficacy, improving the clarity of our messages, and ultimately creating a classroom centered around meaningful feedback.



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Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is an English teacher from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a husband and father, and over the last decade he has read, thought, and written about how teachers can balance teaching with all of the other important roles they play in their lives. His work has been published by Principal Leadership, Edutopia, ASCD, The National Writing Project, and the National Council of Teachers of English, and his weekly thoughts on how to be a better teacher of writing in less time can be found on his website When not teaching, reading, or writing, he can often be found in the kitchen, his garden, or out on a run through the gently rolling hills of Southeast Michigan.  

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




CHAPTER 1. Giving Strong Feedback in Less Time: The Efficiencies

     Time-Saving Tenet #1: Don’t Read and Respond to Every Paper

     Time-Saving Tenet #2: Use More Targeted Feedback

     Time-Saving Tenet #3: Wait Until October to “Give” Grades

     Time-Saving Tenet #4: Be a Teacher, Not an Editor

     Time-Saving Tenet #5: Go Digital

     Time-Saving Tenet #6: Automate Some Parts

     Time-Saving Tenet #7: Get in the Feedback Mindset

     The Last Word on Efficient Feedback

CHAPTER 2. Giving More Effective Feedback: The Best Practices

     Effectiveness Element #1: Feedback Should Be Provided by an Interested Reader, Not a Detached Authority

     Effectiveness Element #2: Feedback Should Provide a Path Forward, Not an Autopsy

     Effectiveness Element #3: Most Feedback Should Be Focused on Actions, Not Reactions

     Effectiveness Element #4: Feedback and Assessment Should Be Separated

     The Last Word on Effective Feedback

CHAPTER 3. Making Feedback Memorable: The Feedback Cycle

     Setting Goals for Improvement

     Receiving Feedback Through Conferences

     Reflecting on What’s Been Accomplished . . . and What’s Yet to Master

     The Last Word on Memorable Feedback

CHAPTER 4. Beyond the Text: Using Feedback to Cultivate Positive Mindsets and Beliefs

     Wise Interventions to Turn Around Problematic Mindsets

     “Writing Is Scary”: Feedback to Decrease Students’ Fear of Writing

     “When Will I Write Like This in the Real World?”: Using Feedback to Increase Students’ Perceived Value of Writing

     “I’m Not a Writer”: Using Feedback to Help Students Identify as Writers

     The Last Word on Feedback for Positive Mindsets and Beliefs

CHAPTER 5. Democratizing Feedback: Teaching Peer Response and Self-Review

     The Power (and Pitfalls) of Peer Response

     Teaching Effective Peer Response

     The Power of Self-Review

     Teaching Self-Review

     The Last Word on Peer Response and Self-Review