Report-Back Learning


This method, also known as the reporting back strategy, requires students to reflect and summarize what they did during an assignment or a specific learning process. This process is also used to learn and reinforce new vocabulary words (Gilbert, 2011). It is also a way for groups to convey to others in the class what they have learned (Atherton, 2013)

Practical Applications

Reporting-back learning can be used for individual students or groups. The idea is the add value to the work students do, give them a deadline, and share their knowledge with the rest of the class. The means of sharing can vary widely from verbal sharing to writing on the board, from writing to creating formal presentations. To implement this strategy, follow the steps below:

  1. Communicate to students in advance of the assignment or learning process your expectations for reporting back.
  2. Prior to reporting back, provide time for students to practice (in pairs or in small groups) in order to actively process and organize the steps of the activity and practice using new vocabulary words, if applicable.
  3. Monitor the students during their practice time, offering specific, relevant feedback.
  4. Explain how you would like students to report back, followed by an example in which you model your expectations.
  5. Invite the students to volunteer to report back to the class.
  6. After each student finishes, write on the board or project on a screen relevant learning process or vocabulary words.
  7. Affirm the students’ synthesis of the process and/or appropriate use of vocabulary words (Gilbert, 2011).

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Posted by: Eron Drake

Original Posting Date: 10/27/14