STEP 4: Application Activity

Plan to spend around 45 minutes on this activity.

You will complete an application activity that models a typical assignment on our platform. This will give you an opportunity to see what it is like to be a Graider. Your submission will be evaluated by our Member Success team. This is the most important step of your application, so make sure you do your best work. We are excited for you to take this first step towards improving student learning across the country!

Before you begin, spend some time reviewing our Seven Hallmarks of Effective Feedback and Rubric as well as some examples of feedback. This will give you a clear idea of what we are looking for in your submission. 


The Seven Hallmarks of Effective Feedback

Goal-oriented. Feedback on student work should be tied to specific, measurable learning goals, objectives, or standards.You understand the goals for the student by reading the assignment prompt, rubric and any additional instructions given to the student. When giving feedback, try to link your feedback and comments to the rubric components and prompt, using similar language if possible. This helps students understand where they in relation to stated goals.

Tangible. Feedback should be clear and concise. Prioritize your comments on the areas of strength and growth that will have the greatest impact on the student’s writing. Feedback that it is easy for the student to internalize and implement is most effective. You can’t provide feedback on each aspect of the student work. So it is your judgement call on which areas you focus on.

Actionable. Feedback must include descriptive statements that enable the student to take action. This means the feedback should directly reference the student work. It’s not enough to tell our students what to do, our role is to provide the students with descriptive data that leads them to take an action. This will enable the student to development their own action plan to drive their work forward.

User-friendly. Feedback must be personalized so that it reaches the student. To make feedback personalized, respond like a reader who is seeking to understand what the student has written.


Ongoing, Consistent and Timely. To be effective, feedback must also be ongoing, consistent, and timely. This means that students need ample opportunities to use feedback and that feedback must be accurate, trustworthy and stable. When feedback isn’t timely, students are disengaged and demotivated. As a Graider, it is your job to meet all deadlines and ensure you deliver consistent feedback.

The Seven Hallmarks of Feedback Rubric 


Examples of Mastery, Proficient and Developing Feedback 














Application Activity