This week’s tip: Feedback can improve teacher practice.  On the other hand, feedback is hard to do well. 

Starting with the end in mind is a good start.  A specific concern requires directive feedback given with clarity, focus, compassion and optimism.  A recent article by Dan Rockwell, summarized in The Marshall Memo, lists a four-step process and a list of things you should never do:

  1. Declare a concern
  2. Give an example
  3. Address corrective measures
  4. Set a follow-up meeting to track progress and adapt strategies

Here’s a link to Rockwell’s article published last month in Leadership Freak:  “17 Things to Never Do When Giving Corrective Feedback”