Feedback the food of champions

Feedback the food of champions

Feedback the food of champions

I don't know about you but when I hear the words "Can I give you some feedback?" my initial reation is to tense up and expect the worst. This is often beacuse people can be negative and focus on what they don't like.

But I have come to realise that feedback is amazing and is often the times I grow the most. If I want to improve then I need constructive feedback. In fact in his book Peak, Anders Ericsson  shows the way to improve in anything is not just practice but deliberate practice. This is the process of not just doing the same thing over and over again but getting feedback on what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. Then using this information to practise deliberately. Ericsson's reseach shows that this is what champions do consistently.

So what about our learning. How often do we seek out feedback and when we do how often do we apply it? When we are studying, we can get feedback from marks about what we are learning but what about how we learnt?

One practical application of this is something I have started doing with my kids. When they come back with a test, project, assessment etc that has been marked, we take a moment and PS.

P stands for Postitive - thinking about one thing that worked well with your learning or exam technique.

S stands for suggestion - thinking about one thing that can be improved upon for next time. What can be learnt from the experince that can be applied.

This simple reminder to PS when receiving work back or indeed after any learning can help us think about our thinking and apply feedback to become champion learners.

 

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