We spend our days speaking with educators and teachers from around the country, and sometimes the world. A frequent question, most often asked by education leaders, dives into the type of feedback exchanged between peer teachers at ImproveClass. We continually analyze feedback exchanged between teachers at ImproveClass and are always looking for indicators to help quantify the value of the advice shared within our community.
Let’s look at two examples of feedback exchanged between teachers last month. Remember, the observation process is often anonymous but the educators usually teach in similiar classroom environments.
Example 1: A simple suggestion that introduces a new teaching strategy.
- Comment from observing teacher: Possibly look into Structured Word Inquiry as a means to teach spelling along with meaning and structure of words
- Reply from teacher being observed: I’ve never heard of this resource before so thanks for the tip!
Now, that one was easy. The observing teacher noticed an interaction between the teacher and students that prompted a suggestion to investigate a specific teaching strategy.
Example 2: The observer wonders if a different teaching strategy would be more effective
- Comment from the observing teacher: I wonder if you could facilitate a way for them to ask these questions of themselves in groups before sharing with the whole group. As an example, could the captain be a questioner and push for answers from his/her group? You might have to provide them with sentence starter tools to ensure that the groups ask effective questions.
- Reply from the teacher being observed: That is a super easy quick thing to implement. Thank you for this suggestion!
In this example, the teacher draws from personal experience and suggests a new way of delivering the content. As you can see, both examples of feedback are direct and well received by the observing teacher.
These are just two instances that demonstrate the value of coaching and peer feedback. If you’re a teacher, how often do you receive these types of new ideas from colleagues at your school?
Over the next few months, we’ll continue to share examples of teacher feedback, talk about what’s been working and review areas of improvement that our community has identified.