Practice, Feedback & Reflection

By: Joy Zaher & Alicia Sansing

Unifying Definitions:

Practice:  the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method reproduced over time as opposed to theories relating to it.

Feedback:  information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.

Reflection: 1)  serious thought or consideration.  2) a thing that is a consequence of or arises from something else.


Why reinvent the wheel? We borrowed and remixed ideas from Dan Meyer (math guy) who has an awesome blog post about changing teaching by modelling it after Angry Birds. Not only does this method work with students but it will also work with educators as we think about our own practice and the ways that we need to make it more obtainable to our learners, peers and leaders. Following are ideas that we can use as professionals and educators.

  1. Make it easy to start the task.


  • start with something they already know how to do, and get them doing it
  • Don’t over plan- frontload, don’t plan the outcome
  1. Show, don’t tell.


  • Wider audience, outside of the classroom, show your work with a blog, website and/or online portfolio w/reflective blog
  • Give useful and immediate feedback.
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  • Great ideas for how to give feedback to students & teach them how to do it
  • Use alternative due dates for different classes
  • Give student work back at the beginning of class to allow time for questions
  • Organize student-led conferences
  • Make it easy to recover from failure.


  • Model with video, feedback
  • Having a mentor
  • Ask students for feedback rather than constantly providing them with feedback
  1. Complicate the task gradually.

why reinvent the wheel- borrow, remix, reuse (ie. use yesterday’s exit ticket as a warm up for today)


Helpful information about methods of practice


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