Building a Feedback Culture

John Hattie, author of the Visible Learning series, and his colleague Cameron Brooks, researcher and author of several articles, including From Fixing the Work to Improving the Learner, chatted with us about the Student-centered Model of Feedback during our webinar on December 1, 2020. 

It was EPIC. 

The biggest “moved my thinking” participants reported from the webinar were:

  • Feedback needs to be heard, understood, and actionable (thanks, John!)
  • Building that “nose for quality” needs to be planned at the beginning, middle, and middle of learning – whether a simple skill lesson or longer project (see the middle ring – thanks, Cam!)
  • “Teaching back” is an opportunity for students to use feedback, improve their learning, and teach others (new from John)
  • Building a feedback culture can be done by building/adapting a feedback policy with students that values both giving and receiving feedback.
  • Just like everything else, we need to teach students how to give peer feedback that explains both what to improve and how to do it.

The Bottom Line

In a classroom with an effective feedback culture, the teacher is not working harder, but rather smarter. Empowering the students to have a nose for quality that they can trust will drive the students’ noses for excellence and they will learn to trust themselves and their peers.

To begin the discussion about excellence and peer feedback, try watching Austin’s Butterfly video with your class, and discussing. Did his peers tell him what to improve and guide him in how to do it? 

Next: Building your Own Classroom or School Feedback Policy