We started off our first day back by doing a focus on the Big 6 Research skills and ATLs. Then the staff went into breakout rooms to learn about different ATLs. Carmen Samanes (our MYP Coordinator) and I ran one about Giving and Receiving Meaningful Feedback. Although I have shared this presentation before, I wanted to add more details, including the activity we ended with.
We started off by showing some different methods:
We don't just use this for students giving feedback other students, but have used it as a method to gather feedback on our teaching and on our units. For this, one of our teacher suggested the student receiving the feedback asks questions first, or says what they want feedback on. Giving them something to focus on is definitely useful and important - you could also get them to focus on part of a rubric or choose a narrower field yourself, (for example, if it was an art work, have students use the ladder to give feedback on color choices).
This is my go to technique! I remind all students to keep all three areas seperate, because if you hear a compliment and a concern (often in the question or suggestion) together, you often only focus on the negative. If we are doing this verbally, I'll have everyone start with T, then everyone move into G...and if I am doing this with a feedback worksheet, then I have each in a seperate box. I like to do this as a more formalized activity early on in a unit, then just keep saying 'remember to tag' as we move through the rest of the unit.
Coach's Eye is an app really designed for the P.E. classroom or for sports coaches. It allows you to video or photograph some action, then you can add feedback through audio, writing on the image or video, slowing it down and more! Although designed for P.E. You could use this for feedback for a theatre performance, or someone playing a music video, or guiding you through a 3D model...
Compliment Sandwich is another great method, because it is super easy to remember! This article "Reinventing the Feedback Sandwich" has some funny, and useful variations!
The Gallery Walk is a method many of our teachers already use, but have maybe not partnered up with this ATL. I suggest for this using a second method too, so for example using 'TAG' while doing your gallery walk.
Comment Bubble is a great little tool - it can be used for many things, not just feedback. You basically drop in a video, then assign five buttons to that video. The buttons could be a scale focussing on how much the audience likes the video, or it could be things they need to recognize (for example, it could be 'alliteration' 'similes' etc). Here's an example I did when we were doing a unit focussing on 'Will robots be more beneficial or harmful to society in the future?'
After showing teachers these different methods, we had them do a short activity. Here they looked at a picture from Shaun Tan's The Arrival, and drew out a section and created their own headline. (We'd already looked at this image earlier in the day)
After they had spent few minutes drawing their section and coming up with their headline, they chose a method of giving and receiving meaningful feedback to use with a partner. At the end we shared back and the feedback was very positive - this included that it made them think harder about the feedback they were giving, it felt nice to have compliments built in, and the feedback itself was more useful! Hurrah!
I really liked doing this with my teachers, but definitely think it could be a useful exercise to do with students - you could then get them to select different methods and different points of the unit, and justify their choice.
Here's a link to our presentation.
Any other methods for Giving and Receiving Meaningful Feedback? Share them with me and I'll add them to the ATL Toolkit!
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