This week I am going to commit to what I say in the form of feedback. I have recorded information that informs my instruction, but this week I want to monitor my feedback to students. In order to nudge a student forward, I need to make sure that I am not only informing my instruction but informing the student as well for they are the reason we work so hard as educators. I am going to just be aware...and focus on the following questions.
- Is my feedback focused on a specific learning target or strategy?
- Do I provide feedback that focuses on the work and does not judge the student?
- Do I stay positive and make clear observations?
There is a book that I have had for years titled, How To Give Effective Feedback. I went back and reread, Chapter Two: Types of Feedback and their Purposes, to generate my questions for this week. This week will be about reflection and making sure that what I "simply" say is worth saying.
If you are following my whole "simplistic view" journey...here are the focuses for this week...
MIND: Commit to glass half full. With test and legislative stress looming at work, family members working through hard times or decisions, and just life. I am committing to positive thinking AND positive communication. The Mayo Clinic says that committing to positive thinking will...
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
BODY: Commit to avoid one "simple carb" meal a day. I am frustrated...drinking only water, working out 3-4 times a week with a combination of strength and cardio, and planning healthy meals for the week on Sundays. And...no movement on the scale...again! My body does feel different...more energy...stronger...cleaner...but...hmmmm...So this week I am focusing on having one "simple carb" free meal a day. By "simple carbs" I mean bread, pasta or rice. Let's see if that shakes things up!