What have you done that has successfully made feedback part of your classroom culture? Do you have a formalized process for providing your students feedback that makes it less threatening and more productive?
Years ago, I had a colleague who asked me for feedback on his work and he approached me by saying, "Natalie, your feedback is a gift to me." I think that building a culture for feedback & growth mindset starts with instilling the value of feedback as a gift to get better at what we do. Perhaps sharing with learners that even as adults, we get feedback on how do do all sorts of things. Modeling that we are willing to accept suggestions from others is a good idea too. Kathy Dyer or Megan McCall do you have any thoughts?
Natalie, I couldn’t agree more. Feedback is a GIFT. When getting started we do sometimes need the right “wrapping” to support all learners in seeing feedback from that perspective. It’s part of the structures element in a culture of learning – the strategies, processes and tools we use to teach the art of giving and receiving the gift of feedback. For us as adults, Joellen Killion’s book, The Feedback Process, would make a great book study for PLCs to assist with these ideas.
I also think that we need to consider how we like to give and/or receive any kind of gift. That may be a good conversation starter for working with students. What makes receiving a gift a good experience for you? What do you hope will happen when you give a gift to someone else? Can you imagine what some of the comments might be?
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