Teachers responses to Feedback
Teachers responses to feedback will be to Delete, Distort, Generalise, of course
We are all human. So what might your response have been in this situation... ?
I felt that I wasn’t quite reaching all the students in one particular class. We had had several great lessons during the terms so far where everyone seemed to be engaged and active in their own way and yet I had a nagging feeling that something was amiss.
Every teacher in the school had for months been working on ‘Formative Assessment’ and I realised that I too would benefit from similar feedback. The idea of bringing colleagues into the classroom to observe me and give me some fornmative assessment seemed too challenging since they were tied to their own timetables. And then I realised that there were already twenty students in the room whom I could ask. I was looking for a quick and easy way to get honest feedback from the students. The obvious solution was to use an anonymous feedback form, on paper.
During the term I had previously given the students in this class several sessions with feedback, in public and in private, so they were quite used to the idea and format of giving and receiving feedback. Towards the end of one lesson, I placed an "Excellent / Good / OK / Poor" feedback form at the front of the class and invited the students to make a mark where they assessed the quality of my lessons (in general) to be. At the end of the lesson I moved to the back of the room, tidying up, and the students made their marks as they left the room.
I had chosen 4 categories to avoid getting too many “middle” answers. I anticipated there would be a spread of answers across the range. I hoped for a few “Excellent” marks.I got a wake-up call.
Although the majority of the marks were Excellent and Good, there were two marks under Poor.
I found it oddly difficult to focus on the generally high mark that the class had given me. What stuck out in my mind were the two Poor marks, and that I had no idea who had made them. I realised that I had opened up a channel of communication with the students that was different and more useful to the usual classroom situation.
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