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The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students

The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it

"Mid-year or more frequently, I ask students to complete an evaluation form. I craft the questions carefully so simple answers are hard to write. Instead, I try to create specific, complex questions that cover the material, the classroom activities and the students—peers and the individual.

Many teachers shake their heads and avoid these exercises. They scoff that students would actually take the forms seriously or that the students will say anything useful. But I find the nature of the questions often elicits a straight answer—short, but helpful."


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This is a great blog post on feedback and the importance of asking and listening to our students.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 5, 2014 11:52 PM

This post provides a number of strategies that may help you receive better feedback from your students. The author, Jane Healey, suggests that you formulate "inquiries specific to a task." She has had students write an exemplary comment about another student (receiving "fabulous point-of-view descriptions") and then have the student write one for themselves.

Additional questions you might ask are also provided for research projects and class discussions.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, January 6, 2014 5:07 PM

Would you allow your students to evaluate you as a teacher? I think that you would learn a lot. 

macksayers's curator insight, January 6, 2014 6:07 PM

Listening to our students through asking thoughtful questions and providing descriptive feedback to their peer and self assessments. 

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Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain

Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.

Long before we had writing as we know it there has been an oral tradition of storytelling. This post looks at the science around storytelling.

Learn about how a story "can put your whole brain to work" and why "our brains become more active when we tell stories." Find out why the brain "learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases" and much more. If you enjoy telling stories, writing stories, or listening to stories check out this post to learn more!

 


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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:22 PM

Excellent!

44Doors's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:27 PM

"Anything you’ve experienced, you can get others to experience the same. Or at least, get their brain areas that you’ve activated that way, active too:"

 

"use simple, yet heartfelt language."

"Quick last fact: Our brain learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases that used to make stories awesome"

Art Jones's curator insight, October 28, 2014 9:50 PM

"our brains become more active when we tell stories."

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10 Little-Known Rules in the Art of Listening - Online College Courses

10 Little-Known Rules in the Art of Listening - Online College Courses | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it
We can't think of a better time than the holidays to learn a few forgotten tenets about the craft of listening.

Do we really know how to listen, in this society that so engaged with 21st century technology that we often seen students sitting next to each other and texting or messaging rather than having a face2face conversation. Is the art of listening being lost? Check out this post for 10 rules that might help you become a better listener.

Read on to learn how to listen actively; what it means to clean your lenses; and much more!


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Inalco Camille's curator insight, March 3, 2014 1:53 AM

21st Century LSRW