If you’re a teacher, maybe you recognize this classroom flow
- Teach — unveil new concepts — VOILA!
- Students practice — let active minds process and play with new concepts
- Give students feedback — jump in to support, answer questions, or push minds furthe
I never fully acknowledged it back when I was in the classroom, but step 3 was a losing battle every single day. Even when I constructed a great lesson and allotted lots of practice time, I suddenly found I had 25 different student needs and 25 learning paces! In fact, the better I did 1 & 2, the more my students were engaged (which was great). But that made student feedback a bigger and bigger challenge. Yes, I’ll come help you Louis and Tanaya, right after I get Janine here on track.. and the bell rings. Arg!!
Like many teachers, I had a capacity problem. There was only one of me, and 25 of them.
So how do teachers address student feedback? For me, I often resorted to brute force: Teach harder! If I run & talk fast enough, I can answer everyone’s questions! Other teachers grade 12 hours a week, never mind that the feedback is a day late, at best. Some awesome teachers beautifully orchestrate learning groups or student leaders to increase capacity. That certainly moves the needle, but still retains elements of manual process.
None of these present a scalable solution.
At Classkick, we want to give teachers scale and automation, to supercharge their ability to give lots of effective and immediate feedback, making sure at student's question is never left hanging.