In earlier posts I discussed the sources we use for feedback, in particular from our students. At the end of Term 1 I received my feedback from my Year 11 Business Management class. As a school we use PIVOT Learning as our feedback tool (https://www.pivotpl.com/). The questions are designed to reflect the AITSL standards 1 to 5 (https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards). Our staff receive feedback from two classes, staff nominate a class and another class is selected at random. The question set used by Pivot allows our teaching staff to benchmark their student response against standards which are accepted across Australia. Importantly, for Catholic College Wodonga, we are able to use the feedback for not just our coaching and feedback program, but also for our Annual Review Meetings which are held in second semester.
Most staff with a Position of Leadership or a Position of Responsibility are coaches and can have up to three staff that they coach. In 2018, we added another layer to this structure, having each coach being coached by another leader. In my case I coach three staff members who each teach in different learning domains.
Earlier this term I sat with my coach Mick Russell who is our English Learning Coaching and Literacy Researcher to discuss my feedback and develop goals for the teaching of my Year 11 Business Management class.
Below is the summary of my meeting which Mick sent to me via email. As you read his summary take an opportunity to look at the Pivot “Heat map” which is a summary of my feedback.
This is just a summary email confirming what we talked about in the coaching meeting the other week.
Your feedback was really positive and your class are certain about your high level of knowledge in the course and the fact you respect them as individuals.
You spoke about wanting to work on various ways of giving regular feedback to your classes. We spoke about:
- Oral feedback
- Voice recordings
- Group feedback
- Quick writes
Looking forward to catching up and seeing how this is going in the next coaching round.
As the bullet points highlight, I will be focussing on providing the students with direct and timely feedback that will allow us to set specific goals. The students have highlighted that I push them to correct mistakes, so for me the next step will be to assist them with clear directions for improvement. Leveraging off my strength in order to help the students set new learning goals.
We have come up with a variety of strategies to do achieve this goal. The variety in approaches will also focus on engaging the students in their learning, leading them to understanding what it is they need to do to achieve their learning goals. Mick will come into my class to observe these strategies in action over the second half of the year providing me with another opportunity for feedback. The staff that I coach, as well as any staff at Catholic College are also most welcome to come and see what is happening in my Year 11 Business Management class.
In addition, I recently sought further feedback from my class, which I will address as soon as we start Unit 2. I decided to present them with the heatmap and explain the feedback I received. I asked the students to reflect on the feedback and then provide me with examples of what I should continue with and what could I do to help address their needs. Their top three responses were;
- Continue to provide mini quizzes and test style questions to give quick feedback
- More group work tasks
- An excursion to a local business to place for a real life window over what we do
Later in the year all staff have the opportunity to survey their class a second time. In the meantime, I will use such things as exit slips to gain quick feedback on the approaches I am incorporating into my teaching since the meeting with Mick. An example of a simple exit slip is also attached.