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Feedback and self evaluation

The fifth practical assignment is more of a collection of mini-assignments. All the other Ptlls assignments are also covered, so check them out if you need.

Level 3 – Obtain feedback from your peers and tutor/observer, and complete a self evaluation to reflect and evaluate the effectiveness of your own teaching. Give feedback to your peers regarding their delivery.

Level 4 – Explain the different methods of giving feedback and demonstrate good practice in giving feedback as part of your observed session. Complete a self evaluation to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of your own teaching and feedback methods.

You’ll be using Form 6, which is your self evaluation form. I presume this comes direct from City and Guilds so should be the same for everyone. Also Form 7 which is the peer group evaluation form. And Form 5 is the official micro teach observation report. Form 6 is basically three sections for strengths, areas for development and recommendations for modification. Form 7 is similar with sections on strengths, areas for development and “action required to improve the same session for the future”.

Different methods of giving feedback

Giving feedback is an art and science of its own and I don’t think it is taught enough or properly. Certain professions have an advantage in approaching this: artists spend a lot of time learning how to effectively critique each others work for example. You may have learnt more about feedback from your job: teaching new starters, mentoring or from being a manager. It’s important in Ptlls not just to learn how to give constructive feedback for your students but because teaching is so collaborative you need to be able to critique your peers as well, which is what we do in this assignment. You also need to be able to take feedback you are given and engage with it and use it to inform your practice.

In your lessons you should have covered what “good” feedback is and probably done some practice feedback sessions. Constructive feedback is clearly explained with reasoning and evidence, is actionable and motivational. “That was rubbish” or “that was great” or both equally ineffective as feedback. And if you do have negatives to deliver the “praise sandwich” is a funny little tip to help you construct feedback, sandwiching the negative between positives. It’s important to think about the medium you are using as well, your feedback will be interpreted differently if it is delivered verbally or written down.

Self evaluation

The first thing about self evaluation in a setting like this is to avoid being too down on yourself or modest. It’s natural, but you need to be really realistic. If possible leave some time between completing your evaluation and your session, maybe a day or at least a few hours. If you do it straight afterwards you’ll be wrecked with nerves or flying high and euphoric. Let the dust settle a bit and clear your head. Be as objective as you can, which is hard, I know. Actually delivering the micro teach will have thrown up all sorts of new issues and concerns so write them all down and think around them: what you can run with and incorporate, what you need to leave out, what you need to get better at and what you do well and can build on.

Level 3 and 4

Level 4 is quite different but not difficult, just a natural extension. For level 4 in the giving of feedback you have to not just give it but give it well, in accordance with best practice. You also have to be able to talk about the different types of feedback and how to give it and evaluate how well you do that. In the self evaluation for L4 you have to also “reflect on” not just evaluate your own teaching.

Okay! Hope that helped. Drop a comment if you have anything to add. All the other Ptlls essays are also covered, so check them out if you need.

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