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Coach How to Take Feedback


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Coach How to Take Feedback

If your student is sensitive to feedback or ignores it

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students will learn how to take feedback constructively so they can think about what they can do differently, and try again.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: a) Be specific and objective when helping a student interpret feedback they have received either in an academic or social context. Start with the positive and keep the tone positive. Emphasize the goal of improving over time and that mistakes are expected. b) Discuss the received feedback and the student's response. Did the student understand the feedback? Was it clear? Was it explicit or implicit? Ask open-ended questions, such as, "Why do you think the teacher wrote that comment?" or "Why do you think your friends were upset?" c) Listen to the student's explanation and ask what could he do differently? Telling a student exactly what to do is unlikely to get them to change. d) Write down and discuss potential solutions. Be clear on the next step. What specifically will you do to fix the situation or try differently next time? e) Follow up afterwards to discuss what happened. Celebrate a success. Try a new solution if the first one didn't work.
  3. Considerations: A trusted adult is the best person to help a student learn to take feedback. (For older students, the best person might be a teacher or adult friend, and not a parent.) Keep in mind that taking feedback can sometimes be most difficult for the most capable students. They might be accustomed to "being right" and have a hard time adjusting in later years as they move into more complex, open-end topics.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

For many students, taking direct feedback or picking up on cues that they need to make a change to be more successful does not come naturally. Providing direct coaching and ongoing support for students to learn how to take in feedback and adjust accordingly helps them build independence in this skill over time.