Improving practice through review
Improving our practice through review is about enhancing our quality of teaching by sharing ideas for best practice. Improved teaching practices can improve student engagement and learning outcomes. The role of actively participating and accepting feedback is imperative in maintaining and improving teaching standards.
Types of feedback
Giving and receiving feedback within teaching practice comes in three forms:
- Appreciation – Acknowledgement of the role staff play within the work environment and the effort being put in.
- Coaching – Provided by peers, mentors and/or managers to help you get better to grow and develop professionally
- Evaluation - Assesses rates or ranks. Parameters are set that say you did or did not achieve a certain standard.
Receiving feedback is often influenced by who provides the feedback, how they deliver the feedback, and how open the recipient is to the feedback. Check out the clips below on the role of feedback in teaching, and how to utilise the various 'lens' of feedback to improve individual teaching practices.
- TED Talks: Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback (YouTube, 10:21min)
- Feedback: A Game of Give and Take (YouTube, 12:17min)
Four ways to improve teaching practice
Improving teaching practice can be done in four ways – through the 'practice lens' of discipline expertise and communities of practice; through the 'self lens' of undertaking reflective practice to nurture personal growth; through the 'peer lens' of participating in peer review processes; and finally the 'student lens' of asking the stakeholder for their view on the value of your teaching practice. Together they form a solid foundation of guiding individual staff, and thus departments and organisations, to provide quality teaching in achieving quality outcomes.