Get feedback from all participants during and after programs.

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During programs and at the end of a program do a retrospective. Bring everyone together and put a smiley (good things), meh face (not sure) and a frowny face (bad things) on a white board and list off things that went well, poorly, or unsure. Students and teachers can engage in this activity. It's a safe environment to provide critical feedback that focuses on how people felt vs. how they want to change things. It is part of an iterative process, gives students greater control of their environment, and helps them practice being self-reflective about what they just experienced.


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Hi Jared,

Great post! Reflection is such an important component of the learning process and I love the idea of being intentional about creating time and systems to help students (and teachers) reflect on the learning experiences they engage in. How do you see these reflections (feedback) being transformed into action (new iterations of the programs used)? Also, how might this exercise scale at a school wide level? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Yes, the primary way these reflections would be transformed in to action would be through iterations on the current program (or leveraging the feedback to build new programs). I think exercises like this can scale quite easily. They tend to be good at encouraging discussion quickly and as students get used to the format they'll engage with it even more quickly, making it less disruptive to a busy schedule.