I participated in my first #edchat this week. It was hard to keep up, but I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the conversation which focused on how we provide effective and meaningful feedback to students. To me, it starts and ends with creating relationships and building trust. Without them feedback is meaningless, so is learning. Anyway you look at it, it’s a two-way street and we are responsible for modeling what it means to build positive relationships in our classrooms and schools. Thanks to Twitter and @stumpteacher for sharing this must-see YouTube: The MHS LIP DUB: FIREWORK. This is exactly the type of culture we need to develop in our schools.
One of my #edchat posts says it all. It confirms my belief for building and sustaining relationships with our students: “do you recognize my efforts, do u notice my attempts, do u respect me? do you appreciate my gifts & talents & celebrate them?” If we can do this in our classrooms and schools we can create a culture and climate that resembles what Magnolia High School demonstrated in their school video: a school that recognizes and appreciates the individual gifts and talents of each and every student. When this happens providing effective and meaningful feedback will become a two-way street.
Make it a point to see me. Recognize me. Appreciate me. Celebrate me. I’ll be willing to go the extra mile for you if you do!