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:
I really like this method as it prompts you to give very thoughtful feedback, including asking questions. I also like that straight after you give feedback on an area of concern, you give a suggestion!
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!
I just went through my blog to pull all my Personal Project blog posts to send to someone...and I realized there is quite a lot! I thought it would help readers out to have them in one place. So here you go:
...and of course, here is my Personal Project Website.
In my last school all teachers did a year long research project. I did a project about using Lego in the middle school classroom, with Michelle Jones (who is now working with me at my current school!). We did some things together and some things separately. Here are things I did, or did with Mich:
I felt inspired after looking back through our work and decided to create a mini Lego activity to use with my students...partly inspired by the Extraordinaires, partly by the duck challenge and lastly by Lego activities I have done at trivia nights, or at the Museum of Design Atlanta's Bricks and Brews Nights. In fact - here is an example - I went to Bricks and Brews, and our prompt was 'cartoons' - we made a Cat Dog model!
The following challenge can be done as a warm up activity, or can be extended to last for a whole class period. You will obviously need Lego Bricks, (though if you don't have many, you could make the challenge harder, by giving them a limit to the number of bricks they could use)! You can give all students the same product to design, then they have to justify their choices, (Optional: Students can vote on their favorite Lego creation / or students get to redesign their product after getting ideas from their peers). The other choice is giving each student a product secretly, then having them design it, then the other students guess what it is. I recommend printing out the presentation, with 6 slides per page, then you can cut products out, and hand them out as little cards.
Here's a link to the presentation. Feel free to make a copy and adapt it (File>Make a Copy).
In January the Grade 10s will have their second Personal Project afternoon session. This session will introduce them to the Personal Project Report, including showing them examples, giving them a template, as well as lots of top tips! I'm the PP Coordinator, so would usually run this session, but I'll actually be at the IB's office in Cardiff during this time, so will run the session virtually! This means students will watch this video, before having time to work on their reports. I'll also be able to answer any further questions on email, but will be leaving them in the very capable hands of the Grade 10 team and our MYP Coordinator!
Personally I am super proud of the first one minute - I know it will make my Grade 10s cringe!
As always, here is a link to the presentation. Please feel free to make a copy (File > Make a Copy) and adapt it for your own schools.
I may have posted this presentation before, in my Personal Project bootcamp posts, as I originally designed it for PP students. However, it is also useful for professional development, or even to refer to when planning a unit. I always have it open when trying to think about which Global Context and exploration I want to steer my unit.
The presentation briefly describes what Global Contexts are. It then asks the audience to make assumptions about the definition of one Global Context, 'Identities and Relationships'. This is because I find often teachers and students just look at the title, and they bring their own knowledge and ideas to it, assuming what it means exactly. This also happens with the IB Learner Profile attributes, so you can do a similar activity with those too. After looking at the assumptions, each page has the Global Context, the description and the exploration. Following each of these pages I have put an example, about a car. You'll see that the words in bold, and taken directly from the description or exploration. Each of the car projects are very different, and I did this so that people can see that the Global Context focuses the project, it is not an add on, or a 'this GC fits best' scenario...
Here is a link to the full presentation. Feel free to make a copy (File> Make a Copy) and use in your own schools. No need to give me credit, but if you use it, I would love to hear about the experience and any feedback!