How to Extend Learning With Quality Feedback. This is part of a series: How to Extend Learning as Part of Everyday Life part 7. Effective Teaching Strategies: Giving Quality Feedback. In this article I am going to teach you how to extend learning as part of everyday life by giving quality feedback.
How to Extend Learning as Part of Everyday Life
When it comes to bringing learning into the everyday moments of life, there is a simple three step formula I like to keep in mind. This is called the Powerful Interactions Framework.
The three parts to the formula are 1- be present, 2- connect, and 3- extend learning. This third step includes learning and implementing teaching strategies that build on the knowledge your child already has.
Definition: Providing specific information on your child’s performance or responding to questions and comments.
Have real conversations with your child. Notice them and what is happening in their life and talk about it. It sounds silly when I say it out loud, but it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget. It really comes back to being present and connected. This relationship is the foundation for every other part of your child’s life.
Most effective uses: Expand learning and understanding (how your child comes to solve a problem) rather than focusing only on the correct answer and/or product, and encourage continued participation.
How to Extend Learning With Quality Feedback
What this looks like
This looks like talking together. Talk about the life experience your child is having. Focus on the positive- notice how much good is in your child and how much effort they are putting in. Be specific. When you are noticing your child and what is going on for them, you can give feedback that is specific and meaningful. Allow yourself to slow down and pause- giving your child time to respond and be an active part of the conversation.
“I noticed you taking deep breaths today when your brother took that toy. Then you came and asked me for help. You remembered what to do when you feel frustrated to keep yourself in control and not your emotions.”
“You worked so hard getting those letters in the right order to say your name. You really wanted it to look nice.”
“What you just did is called math. You counted how many scoops of flour we had put in and then figured out how many we still need.”