My Insights on feedback

Lessons I have learned about feedback:

feedback

  • What is not constructive is destructive: Feedback is a helpful insight to moving forward, not a list of missteps in paths behind us.
  • It’s for reflection not direction: Good feedback makes the learner think through a better answer it does not point to the answer.
  • The law of diminishing returns always applies: The impact of the feedback diminishes with time away from the learning.
  • Honest feedback means you care: Indifference is a silent speech that echoes in our ears.
  • The most meaningful things teachers do is craft responses to student learning: It’s not the lessons or the data, or the grade, a machine could generate those things.

Feedback is where the connection between learners, the empathy of struggle, and the encouragement of a taskmaster, all find a voice.

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Well built feedback comes from the piles of data that we gather:  It is then enriched and fortified by a teachers experience and understanding of their students. Finally, in the hands of an expert, feedback pushes, pulls, annoys and encourages until a goal is within sight, then fades so the learning is owned by the learner.

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1 thought on “My Insights on feedback

  1. Hi Brian,

    This list is super insightful. In fact, I’m quoting you for an upcoming blog post on feedback. Thanks!

    -Todd

    From: oldbrainteacher <comment-reply@wordpress.com>
    Reply-To: oldbrainteacher <comment+r6u60owhefpy8sg3g2c-za4@comment.wordpress.com>
    Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:56 PM
    To: “Finley, Todd Blake” <FINLEYT@ecu.edu>
    Subject: [BULK] [New post] My Insights on feedback

    Brian Cleary posted: “Lessons I have learned about feedback: What is not constructive is destructive: Feedback is a helpful insight to moving forward, not a list of missteps in paths behind us. It’s for reflection not direction: Good feedback makes the learner think throu”

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