"As teachers, it is essential that we make the process of providing feedback a positive, or at least a neutral, learning experience for the student.
So what exactly is feedback? Feedback is any response from a teacher in regard to a student’s performance or behavior. It can be verbal, written or gestural. The purpose of feedback in the learning process is to improve a student’s performance- definitely not put a damper on it. The ultimate goal of feedback is to provide students with an “I can do this” attitude."
The Center for Creative Leadership did a study with data from 6,731 managers from 38 countries. Their study found that the ability to understand what others are feeling is a skill that clearly contributes to effective leadership. In some cultures, the connection between empathy and performance is particularly striking, placing an even greater value on empathy as a leadership skill.
The findings were consistent across the sample: empathy is positively related to job performance. Managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses.
Teaching is very much like maintaining one’s weight; there is a difference between knowing what to do and actually doing the right thing. It’s usually easy to be enthusiastic about a new diet....
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Wonderful reflection on one teacher's response to a student who appeared to be procrastinating. The important thing is............we need to stay hopeful and keep urging them along (no matter how difficult it can be).
We are pleased to annouce that Oakland Schools in Michigan is coming on board to work with FuelEd! Oakland learned about FuelEd through the Education Week article co-written by FuelEd and Anthony Cody entitled, "How Can Teachers Overcome Depression and Strife." So, thanks, Anthony!
The FuelEd program at Oakland schools will consist of a group of 24 special education teachers who will gather for three professional development days, which include FuelEd's workshops and small groups, throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Supplementing FuelEd’s professional development days, Oakland teachers will receive one-on-ones with FuelEd staff. Steve Whitmore, Social Work Consultant to Oakland Schools who discovered FuelEd through the Education Week article, says: "Oakland Schools is looking forward to the collaboration with Fuel Ed to increase positive relationships by building supportive school cultures." To learn more about Oakland Schools, please click here.