Receiving, reflecting on, and implementing feedback are integral parts of my growth as an educator.
Below is a sampling of feedback I have received from teachers, chaperones, and students in IslandWood's School Overnight Program. I use this information to reflect on my practices and make changes in order to better serve all my students.
This type of feedback (pictured right) is particularly helpful to me in my growth as an educator. This chaperone provided me with positive and constructive feedback, both of which gives specific examples.
This chaperone is suggested that I may have "tightened [behavior management] at times" and then lists examples of certain lessons when they noticed an area for potential growth.
I appreciate that this chaperone also gave particular dispositions she appreciated in my teaching, "passionate, articulate and... engaging." Positive feedback is often vague, making it less helpful in my reflective work to constantly improve my practice.
Haley's groups have two ELL students. Loved how she actually spoke [Spanish]. Haley would ask questions in multiple languages and really connected to the kids."
Teacher, View Ridge Elementary Arts Academy 5th grade
I especially appreciate it when other educators notice particular teaching strategies, pedagogies, and philosophies I implement with my students. In the feedback pictured to the left, a teacher comments on my use of "differentiation to make sure all students could access materials."
Differentiated instruction is a philosophy or framework that involves providing various different avenues to learning in order to make material or content more accessible all learners. Differentiation takes into account the diverse learning needs of students, in order to personalize instruction. Learn more about differentiation here!
Haley explained the activities more to the student who spoke Spanish, and it was clear she prepared ahead of time to help the student."
It is extremely important for me as an educator to understand the way I am perceived by my students. I love to learn from my students, especially when it comes improving my teaching practice! In this feedback exercise I asked students to write down three words they would use to describe me.