4.5.b Active Learning and Meaningful Feedback.

4.5.b Build the capacity of educators, leaders and instructional teams to put the ISTE Standards into practice by facilitating active learning and providing meaningful feedback.

My post, Active Learning in Teacher Professional Learning points out that opportunities for active learning are one of the professional development activities that have significant, positive effects on teachers’ self-reported increases in knowledge and skills and changes in classroom practice. I focused on researching active learning strategies in designing and implementing instruction sessions in Active Learning in Teacher Professional Learning. For example, Think-Pair-Share, Discussion, Brainstorm/Carousel Brainstorm, Concept Mapping, Learner Demonstration, etc. 


However, some teachers who are used to listening to lectures and taking notes might be confused or put off by active learning activities, at least at first. Active learning often requires learners to share thoughts, ideas, and answers in small and large groups, and some learners might be nervous about giving a “wrong” answer or sharing an unpopular idea.   

Another example of this standard is providing teachers with meaningful feedback. Meaningful is a bridge for building the coach-teacher relationship. It is the key to teachers’ reflection and improvement in student learning outcomes in Teacher Coach Relationship-Building Alliances with Effective Feedback. The chat below shared strategies and feedback techniques for coaches to provide meaningful and effective feedback.   


Finley, T.(2007). Feedback Strategies for Coaches and Administrators. Retrieved from