Marking is not the same as feedback

Great post on the difference between marking and feedback by Toby French

Marking and feedback.Marking is feedback?Marking isn’t feedback.

A little while ago I wrote thisabout marking policies:

It’s the evidencing of new ways to do more of something we’re doing too much of anyway to please someone else which annoys me.

I’d read about a school which outsourced its marking. This annoyed me. The thought behind this plan was well-meaning: take away the pressure of marking so that teachers could focus on planning. But marking is planning, isn’t it? How would I get to know a student’s writing without reading it? How would I plan to help students without knowing how they wrote? It’s all very well the marker giving me feedback but that money could be better spent elsewhere, I thought.
There were lots of questions: Could the marker give feedback to students without knowing them? Was this necessarily a problem, or perhaps even a benefit? How would I…

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