This video is so powerful to me. The instructional coach supports a teacher inquiry group. The teachers work with each other to analyze student work. The coach can then give feedback based on what the teachers learn in the inquiry group. I appreciate how Ms. Tabor says that the whole process has made her a more thoughtful and deliberate teacher. That's what we want!
This Teaching Channel clip is useful because it looks at a variety of things that can help teachers grow: observation, coaching and student surveys. It's a broader way of how a school leader thinks about the inputs teachers can receive to effectively grow their practice.
Principals used to go into a teacher's classroom once or twice a year. The culture is shifting and now we're asking that principals visit classrooms often. I appreciate this Carnegie Brief because it gets into feedback that is effective and non-threatening. Myung and Martinez explain that when the feedback is used and supplemented with professional supports, it can be highly effective and non-threatening.
I loved this book. Often, the focus is on how we give feedback. There is power also in how we receive feedback. As Stanford professor, Carole Robin says, 'Feedback is a Gift.' The question I thought about after I read this book is how do we create cultures in schools that make people comfortable in both giving and receiving feedback.
Here is a resource that looks at what are pitfalls to giving effective feedback. Susan M. Brookhart speaks about the kind of feedback that fizzles with students and the kind that sparkles. When working with school leaders, we often talk about the pitfalls of ineffective feedback. You do need a subscription in order to access this article.
Two years ago, my colleague recommended this book to me. After reading it, I reference it in the majority of trainings I do. Michael Fullan speaks about the power of creating sustainable systems within schools that allow for teachers to learn and to grow. School leaders can think about how feedback would be a part of this system.