Do you want instant results?
Do you want to shift student learning in a fast and meaningful way?
Do you want to improve as an educator?
Sounds like you are interested in FEEDBACK!
As you know, feedback, when done with intention and focus on the process, can dramatically change the learning in your classroom and school. According to Hattie’s analysis of research, feedback has a 0.73 to 0.75 effect size on student learning (0.40 is the threshold effect size for having noticeable positive effects, so 0.73 is significant).
Take a look at what Hattie says about feedback:
What is important to remember is the way in which we provide feedback to other and that we as teachers must seek the feedback of our students about the learning experience in order to benefit from the positive effects feedback can have on learning.
There isn’t anything – not an app nor computer-based instruction program – that can have the same powerful effect on learning as the positive effect a teacher has on a student when providing constructive feedback that is focused on the process of learning something new.
Conversely, there is no better source of feedback – not from me, not from parents or coaches – than the feedback you receive from your students about your teaching if you allow them to provide feedback to you.
Feedback is a craft that takes time to refine — It’s a skill that takes time and intention to build. There is a great book called Opening Minds by Peter Johnston that would be a great resource for you to consider as you work to refine your craft.
I bring all of this up because this is important to me for what are, I hope, obvious reasons — because this particular exchange of ideas is a major source of effective next steps we all can take to improve. This is the fastest way for us to improve our practice and get instant results!
As you reflec over the upcoming winter break, consider where you are with providing and receiving feedback. What are ways you can improve? How can you fine-tune your craft?
Have a great week!
Feedback Tool —
Just as you rely on your peers and students for feedback, I rely on your feedback to improve! You see things I don’t see, know things I don’t know, and hear things I don’t hear and that to me is a valuable resource. Here is a great way for us to quickly communicate if needed — Voxer!
Vox me on Voxer! https://web.voxer.com/u/hhigginbotham — You’ll need to sign up for an account if you are interested. Voxer is a quick and easy way to reach me. Have a question or idea and want to get it to me or others before you forget? Voxer can help you do that.
If you like the idea of recording your thoughts quickly and getting it to me, you could use the Voice Memos app on your iPhone or Google Keep on Android and text your recording to me.
You could always just find me and ask to chat. This is a great low-tech option!
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