Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Purposeful Observation & Feedback

Two of the most important gifts you can give your learners are... a) your attention and b) your feedback.  As we know from reading the Merriam text, observed experience is vital to assessing learning.  Some might say that anything else is just a proxy for understanding what the learner has truly learned.  Observation, however needs to be purposeful.  We need to know first what behaviors are expected then find "High Yield" situations likely to produce those behaviors if learned.  The other side of the coin is useful feedback; that is, feedback that would be useful in improving or sustaining good practice.  This session provided the opportunity to think about and practice observation and feedback... any comments?