Discussion Notes: Group 3

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Education: Back to Basics Imbizo 2011, 29-30 November 2011.

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Discussion Notes: Group 3

  1. 1. Classroom Visits and Student Feedback Group 3 Report Back WCED Imbizo 30 November 2011
  2. 2. Intent and Value of Visits (Why) <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring in a none-threatening way </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching styles </li></ul><ul><li>Unannounced visits </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve (life-long learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive feedback (building/positive) </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Positive attitude (gestures) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Intent and Value of Feedback (Why) <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Know the purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Create a platform to comment (break a culture of silence) </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturer – mature (comment not to be regarded as personal) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Build skills of evaluating – improve peer assessment – vocabulary, confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen lecturer- student relationship, trust </li></ul><ul><li>Create an excellent teaching and learning environment </li></ul>
  4. 4. Focus of Visits (Where/What) <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Continues process of development – become culture at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody should be able to evaluate everybody (transparency) </li></ul><ul><li>Process of building a culture of visit and being visited </li></ul><ul><li>Range of tools be used to fit the purpose </li></ul>
  5. 5. Focus of Feedback (What/Where) <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback to construct generic impact on improvement </li></ul>
  6. 6. Approach to Visits (How) <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive & Developmental </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-training of observer </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for exchange of ideas/views </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Peer observation to share best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Ability To Adapt To Different Levels Of Groups/Flexible </li></ul>
  7. 7. Approach to Feedback (How) <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous feedback/follow-up and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Regular feedback from students should be encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing positively with negativity </li></ul><ul><li>Consider students’ frame of reference </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to raise/discuss areas of concern </li></ul><ul><li>Manager must lead by example and be the role model and high IQ and EQ and identify with that person – feedback must be sound – no hidden agendas. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Logistics of Visits (When/Where) <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Continues process not just once a year </li></ul><ul><li>Start beginning of the year and set the tone on why and how it will happen </li></ul><ul><li>Must be short visits – specific – look at methodology – content approach </li></ul>
  9. 9. Logistics of Feedback <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitator between student and learner and give it to the manager – you give your gaps to the manager </li></ul><ul><li>Informal feedback sessions – staff room - anywhere </li></ul>
  10. 10. Success and Impact of Visits <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>SUCCESS/IMPACT = SUCCESS = PURPOSE AND DEVELOPMENTAL CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual understanding and appreciation </li></ul><ul><li>Shared goals </li></ul><ul><li>Initiates improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate instrument </li></ul>
  11. 11. Success and Impact - Feedback <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic growth </li></ul><ul><li>Student improvement of result and discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturer growth of facilitation skills and classroom management </li></ul>
  12. 12. Classroom Visits and Student Feedback <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Questions ? </li></ul>

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