SPED 438: Using Statements

By: Teri Smith

Guidelines for Giving Effective Feedback

Giving feedback under the wrong conditions will not have the proper context and will have little value. Guidelines for providing feedback is important and will increase the likelihood that the information will be useful if the feedback is solicited, direct, culturally sensitive, and well timed.

Solicited Feedback Rather Than Imposed Feedback

Feedback is most effective when someone requested it. If the person asked for feedback is more likely to use it than one who imposed the feedback. Do not assume a person wants feedback. Wait for that person to provide an opportunity for you to share your observations. Or just ask "Are you asking for feedback?" or " Is that something you want to know more about?"

Direct Feedback Rather Than Indirect Feedback

Feedback is the most effective when it is given directly to the person who can use it from the observer. Example: If there are concerns with your co-teacher go directly to the co-teacher about the concerns instead of the principle. Indirect feedback is usually misinterpreted because it is not from the observer or concerned person.

Culturally Sensitive Feedback

Provide a welcoming environment to show interest and respect for the person you are wanting to talk to so they are comfortable and respond to the feedback. Communicate just the same as you would with others giving feedback but make sure to pause more so the other person has a chance to talk and ask questions and so you can clarify everything.

Well-Timed Feedback

Always ask yourself if right now is a good time for feedback. If the other person is rushed or busy the feedback could irritate them. Giving feedback at an appropriate time also shows the other person that you are sensitive to them. When giving feedback to others ask yourself; Will this person understand me? Will this person be able to accept my feedback? and Will this person be able to use the information? Also think to yourself if the information you are going to give the other person be helpful and appreciated by that person.

References

Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals-Friend, Cook