Step #3 To Be An Unconventional Teacher:
Seek feedback from peers and students often
Feedback is a gift. That’s what people always say, right? Well, the statement really should be: feedback is a gift that should treated with respect and kindness.
Giving and receiving feedback is something that most humans struggle with at all stages of life. Teachers are typically so involved with and sometimes protective of their craft that feedback can be difficult to digest. In my experience so far working in 6 schools in 4 different states, I see teachers commit themselves to their classrooms, content, and students with an incredible passion. That passion can sometimes block the two way road that is effective feedback.
There are many ways to give effective feedback. Frankly, it depends on the other person and how they tend to prefer to receive feedback. Giving someone constructive or positive feedback so that they hear you can be a craft that takes a lifetime to master. Either way, teachers are asked to give and receive feedback informally on a day to day basis.
Teachers give feedback constantly to their students. “Sit down, please.” “Stop talking while others are talking.” “Get back in line, please.” “Please turn in your homework.”
Some questions I ask my students on a regular basis are:
What should we continue doing in class?
What should we stop doing in class?
What should we do more of in class?
What should we do less of in class?
What is working best for you in this class?
What is not working so well for you in this class?