After reading Abraham Lincoln’s Brilliant Method for Handling Setbacks, educators can ensure that they give learners meaningful feedback by practicing “the art of empathy” (Mochari, 2014). For example, “When delivering feedback, think about how it will affect both the recipient and your overall goal; Before you criticize an employee, put yourself in his shoes; If you’re angry about an outcome, give yourself an outlet for venting” (Mochari, 2014). When I read this, it made me view providing feedback from a different perspective. I put myself in that situation as an educator, as well as the one receiving the feedback (the learner). I know that when I receive feedback, I certainly respond and react to the tone being used by the one giving me the feedback, whether it be positive or negative. This is definitely a skill I need to keep in mind when providing feedback to my students- How would I feel if I received the feedback I am giving?
The guidelines I would share with a future teacher of my final demo unit is that they need to make sure the feedback they give is information that could truly benefit the learner, not just their way of venting about how the work doesn’t meet their expectations. Our goal as educators is to help our students learn and grow, including from their mistakes; therefore, we need to be mindful about the way we speak to our students. We also need to make sure that we provide feedback regularly that includes our clear expectations (iNACOL Standard D). By providing our learners with regular feedback, it allows them to build a relationship with us, the educators. As an educator, I believe building relationships with your students is the first and most important step in guiding our students to be successful.
Mochari, I. (2014, February 11). Abraham Lincoln’s brilliant method for handling setbacks. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/ilan-mochari/lincoln-lesson- setbacks.html