Feedback as a Professional Development Tool

Improving your own performance in the classroom is of critical importance. Some use professional development sessionsothers read books, and other methodology. But a simple way for teachers to improve themselves is though getting feedback.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself a seasoned high school English teacher based in the Chicago suburbs, takes at feedback and how to make it work for you from a professional development standpoint.

Jordan spells out four ways to respond to feedback, including:

  • Give Lip Service
  • Say “Thank You” and Embrace It
  • And More!

Jordan also lists out (and explains in detail) some previously undiscovered ways that teachers can glean feedback:

  • From colleagues
  • From evaluations
  • Film and give feedback to yourself
  • Uninvited feedback from students
  • And more!

Jordan sums up his article thusly: “Receiving feedback is rarely what we’d call a “Fun activity.” The truth can hurt. Fortunately, the truth can also help make us better. While there are a variety of ways we can respond to the feedback cues around us, the best way is to absorb it, say “Thanks,” and thoughtfully reflect on what the feedback suggests.”

How do you receive feedback? What are other ways we can embrace feedback as teachers? Tell us your thoughts!