Use the “Ladder of Feedback” as a practical tool for giving and receiving feedback to improve an assignment or work product/project before it receives a final grade.
Use the “Ladder of Feedback” as a practical tool for giving and receiving feedback to improve an assignment or work product/project before it receives a final grade. Start with “clarify,” and work your way up the ladder.
Clarify- Ask questions about unclear points or absent ideas. This step can help you and other gather relevant information before constructive feedback can be given. “I wasn’t sure if you meant “X”, but that’s what I assumed, so now you can understand where my feedback is coming from.”
Value - Stress the positive points and interesting strengths. Give honest compliments of another’s work. Valuing people and their ideas is fundamental to the process of constructive feedback.
Offer Concerns or Issues - Share your concerns, not as derisive accusations or abrasive criticisms, but as honest thoughts that you have. “Have you considered...”; “What I wonder about is...”; “Perhaps you have thought about this, but...” are all ways of framing concerns in non-threatening ways.
Suggest - Help people make improvements by sharing your ideas on how he/she might revise the work (of course, there is no guarantee that he/she will use the suggestions - - suggestions are just that). The designer of the work “owns” the work.