Feedforward Forum

What if we had large, visible whiteboards to receive feedforward from colleagues about big ideas we are trying in our classrooms/schools?

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Updated Post (9/1/15): This idea is being combined with Richard Brehl's "Opportunity (Challenge) Board" as well as Paula Marra's "Explode the Silos" idea.

https://teachersguild.org/challenge/how-might-we-create-rituals-and-routines-that-establish-a-culture-of-innovation-in-our-classrooms-and-schools/evolve/opportunity-or-challenge-board

https://teachersguild.org/challenge/how-might-we-create-rituals-and-routines-that-establish-a-culture-of-innovation-in-our-classrooms-and-schools/evolve/and-we-are-back-to-transdisciplinary

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Updated Post (8/30/15): Next is a full size physical prototype with pictures to come.

Collaboration gdoc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kWsu8bX_CgtWSL-0N0mr_WDQK033UTpdscZ-XZTG0WA/edit?usp=sharing

Overview:

What if we openly shared our failures with each other? What if we, as teachers, felt comfortable enough to receive feedback from our colleagues about a lesson, activity, big idea that just didn't go as planned? Rather than sweeping the failure under the rug or trying to make changes alone, we relied on the ideas and creativity of the masses.  

Idea: Somewhere in the school, have a large white board with the categories: positives, possibilities, concerns, iterations.  On the board, we could share a brief overview of the project.  Then, share the positives of the project.  Even in failure, there are positive take aways. No project is a complete and total loss.  Next, share what might have come from the project, what were we hoping to achieve.  Finally, we share our concerns.  What did not work, what went wrong, what would WE do differently.  The final category, iterations, is where our colleagues can share what they think might improve the project or to leave questions that might guide us in a new direction.


Potential For Impact: 

By opening lines of communication and actively seeking feedback from colleagues, a culture of collaboration will occur. With a culture of collaboration, teachers will feel more confident to try new ideas and learn from failures.  Innovation will follow suit.


Value Prop/Pitch: 

Place a white board in a faculty area with four columns titled; positives, possibilities, concerns, iterations. Leave post-it notes and sharpies.

At a faculty meeting, actively take faculty step by step through the feedback forum process. Encourage faculty to utilize the board at their convenience.


How’d I get this idea off the ground?

Lead by example. Take charge. Put up the board and be the first to post. Put yourself out there and others will follow your lead.


Materials to get this idea off the ground:

    White Board/Chalk Board


    Post-it notes

    Sharpies


Original Post: What if we openly shared our failures with each other? What if we, as teachers, felt comfortable enough to receive feedback from our colleagues about a lesson, activity, big idea that just didn't go as planned? Rather than sweeping the failure under the rug or trying to make changes alone, we relied on the ideas and creativity of the masses.  

Idea: Somewhere in the school, have a large white board with the categories: positives, possibilities, concerns, iterations.  On the board, we could share a brief overview of the project.  Then, share the positives of the project.  Even in failure, there are positive take aways. No project is a complete and total loss.  Next, share what might have come from the project, what were we hoping to achieve.  Finally, we share our concerns.  What did not work, what went wrong, what would WE do differently.  The final category, iterations, is where our colleagues can share what they think might improve the project or to leave questions that might guide us in a new direction.

There is something about a neutral space, that one can leave ideas and receive feedback, that I think feels less judgmental.  

Evaluation results

5 evaluations so far

1. Potential for Impact: Imagine this solution had near perfect implementation. To what extent would this solution bring about a culture of innovation within a school or classroom?

A lot! This solution would greatly bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 60%

Somewhat. This solution would somewhat bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 40%

Not much. This solution might help with other things, but I don't see it really bringing about a culture of innovation within schools or classrooms. - 0%

2. Feasibility and Fit: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If this solution were available to me right now, I would be able to use it with relatively low investment. (i.e. money, time, or skills).

Strongly agree (this solution strongly aligns to my/my school's current capacities). - 60%

Agree. - 40%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would take a big lift in resources to pull off). - 0%

3. Adaptability: I could imagine this solution working well in a variety of school and classroom contexts across a diverse set of needs.

Absolutely! I could see this working for a variety of schools and classrooms with different or unique needs. - 80%

Somewhat. I could see this working for many schools and classrooms, but it might need some adjusting to fit a broad diversity of contexts. - 20%

Not a lot. This seems like it might be better suited to only a few contexts. - 0%

4. Scalability: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: This idea could be adopted by an ever-growing number of teachers or students without requiring significant changes.

Strongly agree (this solution could easily scale without any significant changes). - 60%

Agree. - 20%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 20%

Strongly disagree (this solution would require significant changes in order to properly scale). - 0%

5. Desirability: Do you wish this solution were available to you right now?

1 - Not a lot. There's not a big need for this right now and/or we use something already that fulfills a similar purpose in my school or classroom. - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 20%

4 - 20%

5 - A lot! There's nothing like this already and I'd love to have it in my school or classroom. - 60%

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FYI: Since this is now a combined idea, I evaluated the post made by Richard, because it seems to reflect the most recent evolution of the idea. (And I love the idea!!!)

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