How to Give Powerful Feedback #LikeABuilder
Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
- The way that we are typically taught to give feedback may actually prevent teachers from being truly reflective about their practice.
- Remember, Bosses say “go.” They don’t give feedback at all. They evaluate.
Leaders say Let’s Go. They try to get people to be reflective in the feedback conversation. Only problem is, the strategies that they are using actually shut down reflection. Builders say Come. They give feedback that invites people out of their current practice into a better, more successful version of themselves.
- The kind of feedback you give to teachers reinforces your core values, mission, and vision.
- Builder-worthy feedback points people to the ONE thing that is at the root of their practice, invites them to do things differently, and shows them what will happen if they do it differently. In other words, you are inviting people into a better, more successful version of themselves.
I hate to break it to you, but most of what you think you know about feedback is wrong. In fact, if you are giving feedback to teachers the way you were probably trained to do, you may be unintentionally shutting down real reflection, sparking defensiveness, and killing teachers' desire to improve.
That's because how we were taught to give feedback relies on checklists of "best practices," scripted questions, and post-observation conversations with hidden agendas instead of building teachers' capacity. All this results in push-back from teachers, or hurt feelings, or blank stares.
Builders use a different kind of feedback. They give feedback that 1. It points people to the ONE thing that is at the root of their practice. 2. It invites them to do things differently. 3. It shows them what will happen if they do it differently. In other words, you are inviting people into a better, more successful version of themselves.
In this episode, learn 3 ways you may be unintentionally shutting down real reflection in your feedback conversations and discover 3 ways to make your feedback conversations more authentic, more meaningful, and more inspiring for teachers.
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