Feedback - an important learning tool.


'A great teacher is someone who can learn from their students, who can learn with them, and learns for them' (Robert Meehan)

One of the bravest things to do is to ask your students to reflect on your teaching strengths and areas for improvement. For many, if not most, teaching is a vocation. It's a job of the heart. Therefore, asking for feedback puts that heart at risk, and opens you up to the possibility of an ego crushing moment.

During my first year as a high school teacher, I asked my year 7 science class to give feedback on my strengths, and on areas where I could improve as a teacher. Amongst the 'I like your hair' comments, there were some responses that made a significant impact on me.

'You need to be more organised.'

Such simple feedback, but it made me stop and think...they had a fair point...I was disorganised. From that day on I made an effort to improve my organisational skills, until they became my strength, appreciated by both my students and colleagues alike. In addition, as I learnt the skills of organisation, I could pass these skills on as a lived experience to the students.

Giving students the chance to feedback in a constructive way not only empowers them, but also allows a teacher to develop their skills from the eyes of the learner.

In the years mentoring trainee teachers, I have found that the end of the lesson is often the part most unplanned and left to chance. However, the end of the class is an amazing opportunity to get feedback on the student's perspective of their own learning, and how you can improve lessons for them.

1) What did you find helpful/enjoyable in this lesson?
2) What parts of the lesson were not so great?
3) What things can I do differently next time to help you?
4) Is there a subject/idea you would like to work on next time?

Here is some sample feedback from a lesson.

I hope this is helpful, and as always, please feel free to leave feedback...

Cheers,
Sarah

p.s. I like your hair too :)




July 23, 2020
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Originally from England, I have taught in Australian schools and universities for over 20 years. I have an in-depth knowledge of learning methodologies and am a mentor for trainee-teachers. I create a relaxed learning environment where you will feel comfortable and at ease. Individualised learning - Lessons are uniquely planned and designed with your goals in mind, focusing on subjects which are relevant to your life. I use flipped learning, giving you access to all lesson materials prior to your class. This allows you to study and make note of ideas and terms that you wish to focus on in the upcoming session. At the end of each session you will reflect on the pluses and minuses of the class. This feedback will be taken into consideration to design your next session. You will receive feedback for each lesson, including extension activities and revision tips. Trial lessons - During the trial lesson we will talk about your goals, subjects which interest you and your preferred style of learning. Should you wish to continue learning with me, a course will then be designed specifically for you. The hourly fee is designed to incorporate the planning time needed for this process. You will receive - A detailed lesson plan and and materials prior to the session, extension activities and custom made videos. Please note a 24 hour notice period is required, so that programs can be planned for your specific needs. KEY POINTS - tailored individual program - student goal focused - experienced qualified teacher of over 20 years - young adult/adult learning - beginner to advanced level Be sure to check out my other videos and blog posts on Verbling.
Flag
English
globe
Australia
time
11
Speaks:
English
Native
,
French
A2
Originally from England, I have taught in Australian schools and universities for over 20 years. I have an in-depth knowledge of learning methodologies and am a mentor for trainee-teachers. I create a relaxed learning environment where you will feel comfortable and at ease. Individualised learning - Lessons are uniquely planned and designed with your goals in mind, focusing on subjects which are relevant to your life. I use flipped learning, giving you access to all lesson materials prior to your class. This allows you to study and make note of ideas and terms that you wish to focus on in the upcoming session. At the end of each session you will reflect on the pluses and minuses of the class. This feedback will be taken into consideration to design your next session. You will receive feedback for each lesson, including extension activities and revision tips. Trial lessons - During the trial lesson we will talk about your goals, subjects which interest you and your preferred style of learning. Should you wish to continue learning with me, a course will then be designed specifically for you. The hourly fee is designed to incorporate the planning time needed for this process. You will receive - A detailed lesson plan and and materials prior to the session, extension activities and custom made videos. Please note a 24 hour notice period is required, so that programs can be planned for your specific needs. KEY POINTS - tailored individual program - student goal focused - experienced qualified teacher of over 20 years - young adult/adult learning - beginner to advanced level Be sure to check out my other videos and blog posts on Verbling.
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