Feedback Tips for Associate Teachers



Sharing purposeful feedback includes:

 setting a positive climate

 getting together early

 referring specifically to your data

 encouraging the Teacher Candidate to talk

 listening, listening, listening

 generating ideas

 being empathetic

 summarizing, setting goals, and planning next steps

Focus feedback on:

 actual performance of the teacher candidate rather than on personality

 observation rather than assumptions, inferences, or explanations

 description rather than evaluation

 the specific and concrete rather than the general and abstract

 the present rather than the past

 sharing information rather than giving advice

 alternatives rather than ‘the best path’

 what the Teacher Candidate can use and manage rather than ALL the information that has been gathered

 modifiable items rather than what the Teacher Candidate cannot do anything about

 what the Teacher Candidate requests rather than on what could be imposed

There are a variety of feedback tools, including:

 Face-to-face conversation

 Journal

 Feedback forms or rubrics

 Email communication

 Checklists