Floop Team & Dr. Naomi Winstone: What does the research say about feedback best practices?

Over winter break, Floop co-founder Melanie and I had the privilege of talking with prominent feedback researcher Dr. Naomi Winstone. Her research has discovered that feedback interventions all seem to target at least one of four metacognitive skills, described by the SAGE process, and hypothesizes that a holistic approach to developing feedback systems should target…… Continue reading Floop Team & Dr. Naomi Winstone: What does the research say about feedback best practices?

3 Free Feedback Tools You’ve Never Heard Of

Today is a quick post with some free stuff! 1. Growth Report Google Sheet Get It Here If you’re interested in producing a richer, more useful “grade” (i.e. growth) report for students, try this Google sheet template. You’ll need some intermediate Google sheets/ Excel skills and it works best if you’re already using standards based…… Continue reading 3 Free Feedback Tools You’ve Never Heard Of

Not Just for Students: Using a Feedback Loop to Improve Your Teaching Practice

We give our students a lot of feedback to guide their growth — but do we do a good job of seeking and using feedback ourselves? Over the winter break of 2015, I was somewhat startled to find myself searching the internet for career alternatives that would take me out of the classroom. I was…… Continue reading Not Just for Students: Using a Feedback Loop to Improve Your Teaching Practice

“Giving an A” – Shift Teacher and Student Attitudes in the Classroom

My favorite way to ease into back-to-school is revisiting my favorite education books. After considering my feedback system, I realized that the first time I ever heard of going gradeless was when I read The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander. Back in high school, my band director made band leadership students read…… Continue reading “Giving an A” – Shift Teacher and Student Attitudes in the Classroom

Feedback System for HS Engineering / Entrepreneurship – Melanie Kong

This post is part of a series challenging teachers to consider their feedback system for the new school year. I wanted to share my own feedback system as an example if it helps you think about your own. I’ve taught a variety of STEM courses – Coordinated Science, Geometry, Algebra 1, Engineering – but I’m…… Continue reading Feedback System for HS Engineering / Entrepreneurship – Melanie Kong

School Leader Chat, Part 2: Feedback PD

I chatted with Martin Moran about shifting mindsets around grades and what this means for teacher PD. Martin is a Lead Designer and Director of the Upper School at the Bennett Day School in Chicago, IL and will be opening their new high school. Previously, he taught high school for over 10 years. This is…… Continue reading School Leader Chat, Part 2: Feedback PD

School Leader Chat, Part 1: Grades

I chatted with Martin Moran about shifting mindsets around grades and what this means for teacher PD. Martin is a Lead Designer at the Bennett Day School in Chicago, IL and will be opening their new high school as the Director of the Upper School. Previously, he taught high school for over 10 years. This…… Continue reading School Leader Chat, Part 1: Grades