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.  

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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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