Get a Heads Up: Gathering Student Feedback to Improve the Design of a Learning Experience

Get a Heads Up: Gathering Student Feedback to Improve the Design of a Learning Experience

Feedback is a critical component of the teaching and learning process. Teachers are not in short supply of feedback tools to assess student learning. However, there is another purpose for feedback that is underused.  How often is feedback used to improve the design of  a lesson, strategy or structure? In other words, students get an opportunity to evaluate the learning experience not only in terms of what they learned but how they learned, giving a teacher a heads up about what is and isn’t working.   Gathering feedback from learners for…

Nurturing Relationships: The Power of Words

Nurturing Relationships: The Power of Words

I mentioned before that I am from a big, Brooklyn family. I have six siblings (love them all to pieces).  When I was young we didn’t have a car.  We had to walk with my mom to the grocery store. Yes, my mother would take seven children into a grocery store.  She would calmly push the cart up and down each aisle, scratching items off her list as we gathered what was needed.  When it was time, she would walk us to the checkout line where we knew to place…

Getting Closure: Every Lesson Deserves a Good Ending

Getting Closure: Every Lesson Deserves a Good Ending

Before you start anything, learn how to finish it. My husband and I went to the movies last weekend. I will be the first to tell you that I have a short attention span so that type of date night is always a crapshoot.  This time,  I actually enjoyed the movie from beginning to end. The conclusion was powerful, meaningful, and seemed to bring the plot full circle. Have you ever left a movie feeling like a major piece was missing, or like you were left “hanging” as the credits were…