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On written feedback being a fever


Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary)

This week the TES published my article on written feedback being a fever that we need to treat. Fast.

‘Written feedback is a fever – we need to treat it, and fast…’

At the turn of the 20th century, a mysterious string of typhoid broke out amongst the affluent families of New York City. The cause was a cook called Mary Mallon, later know as “Typhoid Mary”. While Mary didn’t have the illness herself, she was an asymptomatic carrier and had become a silent and unwitting killer.

I think we have a silent and unwitting killer in our schools: intense marking and feedback policies. Policies that prioritise marking for evidence over feedback. Policies that demand unrealistic frequency of marking.

You can read the rest of the article here.

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