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What are the most effective ways that you the teacher can benefit from feedback from the students and their parents? Advantages and disadvantages of various approaches. Suggestions for improvements?

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What are the most effective ways that you the teacher can benefit from feedback from the students and their parents? Advantages and disadvantages of various approaches. Suggestions for improvements? Collecting feedback from both students and parents are an integral part of building a learning program that best serves the school. Teachers can use feedback to modify their strategies, methods or content or use feedback to gain an idea of where a student sees him/herself There are moves towards designing and "modifying reporting systems to more effectively communicate what students are learning and how well they are learning." (Lake, K & Kafka , K, 1996, p. 90) There are numerous and varied reporting and assessing systems being implemented all over the United States, but it should be noted that most new methods encourage a more parent and student feedback and/or involvement focus. An example of one such approach is being implemented in Mountainview Elementary School. ...read more.

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(Lake, K & Kafka , K, 1996) Although it deals with a thorough assessment of a student's progress with the aid of parental feedback, one disadvantage of this approach is very little feedback from the student is invited. A better approach would be to utilise student feedback as well as parental and use a combination of the two as a base for further modifications. Another, quite different approach is the notion of self-assessment. Self-assessment is beneficial at all ages as part of self-reflection, understanding and evaluation. Self-assessment requires students to set goals about their learning and as such assists in building self-image. Consequently "as students become more aware of their role in the learning process, they are more able to accept responsibility for learning." (Lake, K & Kafka , K, 1996, p. 105) Such a practice has been employed at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin as early as kindergarten. A report card is designed stating a list of goals in various areas. ...read more.

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However, this problem could be easily remedied. If a student claimed that he/she could perform a task or he/she had reached a goal, proof of this must be supplied. It is important as teachers to regularly give feedback of academic performance to both students and the parents. However it is equally important that we provide opportunities to both parents and students to give us, the teachers, feedback on our teaching methods, content and strategies. In addition, parents are relying and trusting in teachers to assist their children in reaching their full potential. It is important for parents to feel that they are playing an active role in the educational development of their child. As teachers, we should make available opportunities for parents to give feedback and responses to all aspects of our teaching. This must be done in order for parents to secure the trust that they invest in us as teachers. By inviting feedback from both students and parents we keep an open mind about our teaching as well as address concerns about all areas of teaching and learning. 1 ...read more.

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